America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 by Claude S. Fischer

By Claude S. Fischer

The phone looms huge in our lives, as ever found in smooth societies as autos and tv. Claude Fischer offers the 1st social historical past of this very important yet little-studied technology--how we encountered, proven, and finally embraced it with enthusiasm. utilizing cellphone advertisements, oral histories, mobile correspondence, and statistical information, Fischer's paintings is a colourful exploration of the way, while, and why american citizens all started speaking during this noticeably new manner.Studying 3 California groups, Fischer uncovers how the phone grew to become built-in into the non-public worlds and neighborhood actions of regular american citizens within the first a long time of this century. ladies have been specifically avid of their use, a phenomenon which the first vigorously discouraged after which later wholeheartedly promoted. repeatedly Fischer unearths that the phone supported a wide-ranging community of social kin and performed an important position in group existence, specifically for ladies, from organizing kid's relationships and church actions to assuaging the loneliness and tedium of rural life.Deftly written and meticulously researched, the US Calling provides an enormous new bankruptcy to the social heritage of our country and illuminates a basic element of cultural modernism that's quintessential to modern lifestyles.

Show description

Read or Download America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 PDF

Best communication & media studies books

The Conspiracy of Art

The pictures from Abu Ghraib are as murderous for the United States as these of the global alternate middle in flames. the complete West is inside the burst of sadistic laughter of the yankee infantrymen, because it is at the back of the development of the Israeli wall. this is often the place the reality of those photographs lies.

Consumption, Identity and Style: Marketing, meanings, and the packaging of pleasure

There's expanding speak, as we head for the decade of the millenium, of the post-industrial rest society. construction is geared a growing number of to the shopper wishes of a hugely cellular and prosperous society, that is mostly unaware that its so much intimate moments and personal pleasures in shopper tradition are buildings of a strong and manipulative shopper industry.

Human Societies: An Introduction to Macrosociology, Eleventh Edition

The 11th variation of Human Societies covers many new advancements of our quickly altering instances. between many international updates are altering political ideologies, cyber war, biofuels and the issues they current, new inhabitants keep an eye on projects, and the expanding democratization and monetary strength of China.

The Conspirators' Hierarchy: The Committee of 300

Are you able to think an all robust team, that is aware no nationwide barriers, above the legislation of all nations, person who controls each point of politics, faith, trade and undefined; banking, coverage, mining, the drug exchange, the petroleum undefined, a gaggle answerable to not anyone yet its individuals. To nearly all of us, this type of team would seem to be past the geographical regions of chances and functions of any given corporation, if that's what you suspect, then you definately are within the majority.

Extra resources for America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940

Example text

Previous page < previous page page_165 page_166 next page > next page > Page 166 59 60  < previous page < previous page page_166 page_167 next page > next page > Page 167 60 61 Photo 16. )  < previous page < previous page page_167 page_168 next page > next page > Page 168 61 62 Photo 17. ) Photo 18. This 1930s scene, taken on the salt flats east of Wendover, Utah, shows telephone company personnel inspecting the lines that crossed the vast plains of rural America.

Although the level of telephone subscription fluctuated widely between 1920 and 1936, the profile of telephone subscribers did not. 55 Households headed by married couples or widows were likelier to have telephones than were single people. The more related adults (usually, grown children) living with a couple, the likelier the household was to subscribe. As in 1910, it apparently was not the extra adults' earning power, but simply their presence that affected subscription. We can assume, based on the earlier years (although, unfortunately, we did not code the gender of adults from 1920 on), that these adults were mostly women.

Antioch Ledger, 2 October 1924). , Palo Alto Times, 15 November 1895, and 1 November 1901). " 31 This holism appears in several forms. One form is the implicit claim that these technologies operate in parallel with homogeneous effects. Mumford makes that claim in his list of devices that 34 35 people cling to, and others make it in arguments that modern technologies generally lead to routinization or that they necessarily alienate users from nature. But do all these modern tools operate in parallel?

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.68 of 5 – based on 39 votes