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The Phenomena of the Order in the Mobile Communnication

HeadFilippov, Alexander F.

The project has been carried out as part of the HSE Program of Fundamental Studies.

The subject matter of the research is the production of order in communications that are relevant to modern forms of mobility, first of all movements in the path-finding and navigation in  the urban environment, as well as the paradoxical nature of mobility in the waiting areas.The purpose of the research is to review and to strengthen the theoretical resources for the identification and investigation of social order as a figuration of the social events; to give theoretical formulations which are suitable for observation, description and analysis of social events in mobile communications.During the work both theoretical study and theory-oriented empirical research has been carried out. It has been proceeded through the historical-critical work on the codification of the conceptual apparatus of the descriptions of social events; promising approaches to the study of airports as socio-spatial formations that act as nodes in immobile communications have been analyzed.As the result of the research new analytical approaches to the study of the transformation of forms of social order effected by the new mobile communications and by the travel becoming one of the everyday life activities have been developed; the basic identifications of events, the principles of monitoring events in the so-called "non-places", the ways of data collection in particular complex circumstances marked by a combination of micro-and macro-analytical work have been revealed.Theoretical outcomes of the research can be used in the development of methodological tools for the identification of order and disorder phenomena in modern societies, to develop criteria for assessing the effectiveness of mobility research, to design and teach courses on Contemporary sociological theory, Ethnomethodology, Narrative analysis, Conversation analysis.The areas of the research empirical results’ application are design, development and improvement of airport infrastructure, the organization of the work with passengers and improving services, design of complex communication systems that meet the needs and abilities of the users.

Research Object: The production of order in communications related to modern forms of mobility, primarily way-finding by car and navigation by foot in an urban environment, as well as the paradoxical nature of mobility in waiting areas.

Research Purpose: To review and strengthen theoretical resources for the identification and investigation of social order as a figuration of social events; to give theoretical formulations suitable for observation, a description and analysis of social events in mobile communications.

Both a theoretical study and theory-oriented empirical research have been carried out during the research. An historical and critical work on the codification of the conceptual apparatus of descriptions of social events was done. Promising approaches to the study of airports as socio-spatial formations that act as nodes in immobile communications have been analysed.

Research Results: As a result of the research, new analytical approaches to the study of the transformation of forms of social order affected by new mobile communications and by travel becoming an everyday life activity have been developed. Basic identifications have been revealed concerning events, the principles of monitoring events in so-called "non-places", and ways of collecting data in particular complex circumstances marked by a combination of micro-and macro-analytical work.

Research Applications: Theoretical outcomes of the research can be used in the development of methodological tools for the identification of order and disorder phenomena in modern societies, to develop criteria for assessing the effectiveness of mobility research, and to design and teach courses on contemporary sociological theory, ethnomethodology, narrative analysis, and conversation analysis.

Areas of application for the research's empirical results are the design, development, and improvement of airport infrastructure; the organization of interaction with passengers and the improvement of passenger services; and the design of complex communication systems that meet the needs and abilities of users.


 

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