1 Innovation and Sustainability, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark2 Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Paper for the 4S/EASST 2004 session "The Significance of Socio-Technical relations in the production and reproduction of normalised behaviour and daily routines", August 2004, Paris. Abstract: Concurrently with the recent years almost explosive pervasion of the mobile phone (and other information- and communication technologies) the number of calls between family members has increased. Based on my own qualitative interviews as well as the work of other researchers I will discuss how families’ use of especially the mobile phone can be interpreted as a (to some degree) new communicative practice that plays an important role for the creation and maintaining of a gene¬ral feeling of “closeness” or “proximity” between family members – even when they are physical¬ly separated over longer periods of time. I have named this practice “ICT-mediated proximity”. Although the main focus of the paper is on the phenomenological aspects and implications of this practice I will also draw the attention to some possible relations between families’ use of mobile phone (on the one hand) and changes in the daily organisation and routines of modern family life (on the other).