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The future is boring : stories from the landscapes of the mobile telecoms industry.

Watts, Laura (2008) The future is boring : stories from the landscapes of the mobile telecoms industry. Twenty-First Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 3 (2). pp. 187-198. ISSN 1745-0144

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    Abstract

    This paper weaves two stories of the future in the mobile telecoms industry, attentive to what is rehearsed and what is made absent. It follows the concerns of social studies of science and technology, in which futures and practices of future-making are always embodied and epistemologically situated; the future as a social and material activity of knowledge-making. The paper draws on a four month ethnography of the mobile telecoms industry but enacts two different methods: the first method is a reflective critique of the future in the industry; the second is a generative and inventive interference. The first method weaves a story around the lines of movement near London Heathrow airport, creating a linear, universal, and fixed future. The second method weaves a story around the island archipelago of Orkney, Scotland, to make a mutable, local, and fluid future. In this paper landscapes and futures are inseparable.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Twenty-First Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Twenty-First Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 3 (2), 2008, © Informa Plc
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    ID Code: 8658
    Deposited By: Dr Laura Watts
    Deposited On: 08 May 2008 10:16
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:25
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8658

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