Context Matters: Un-ubiquitous Use of Mobile Technologies by the Police

Daniele Pica*, Carsten Sørensen

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This chapter investigates the idea of ubiquity and the paradigm of perpetual contact by investigating operational policing. A practice-based lens is concerned with the everyday use of technologies and generally subscribes to ethnographic methods. This lens is derived from the theory of structuration and sees technology and its users as co-constituting, in that technological use cannot be stabilized but is emergent in time, and the structures of technology emerge only through continuous and situated use (Orlikowski, 2000).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobility and Technology in the Workplace
EditorsDonald Hislop
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)0203894359, 9780203894354
ISBN (Electronic)9780429239830
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology

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