“We Release Them Little by Little”: Maturation and Gender Identity as Seen in the Use of Mobile Telephony

@article{Ling2001WeRT,
  title={“We Release Them Little by Little”: Maturation and Gender Identity as Seen in the Use of Mobile Telephony},
  author={Rich Ling},
  journal={Personal and Ubiquitous Computing},
  year={2001},
  volume={5},
  pages={123-136}
}
  • Rich Ling
  • Published 29 July 1999
  • Sociology
  • Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
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