How Would Georg Simmel Explain Mobile Phone

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Theorizing Society Lok Wai Tung, Virginia How would Georg Simmel explain mobile phone. Introduction Social theories offer explanations of what happens to human behaviors when they live in the societies. They are frameworks that aimed to study social phenomena, especially in contemporary world, where social changes are rapid and new social problems arise every day. In this essay, I seek to examine how Georg Simmel’s “The Metropolis and Mental Life” would understand mobile phone in modern world. The mobile phone has received much attention from social scientists as it represents the advanced technological breakthrough during the modern times and portraying the lifestyle of modern people greatly. Since it is an important electronic gadget of the modern people, sociologist Georg Simmel established a theory of how modern people being “swallowed up in the social-technological mechanism” (Simmel, G., n.d.) and showed his pessimistic attitude towards modernity. Georg Simmel (1858-1918) was born on March 1 ,1858 in a Jewish family, at the intersection of Friedrichstrasse and Leipzigerstrasse, where many social groups and social movements arise. It was a crater of modernity which shaped Simmel’s view of the world. He studied philosophy and history in the University of Berlin and graduated on Kant in 1881 with a dissertation. In 1885, he became a “Privatadozent” and married in 1890. After fifteen years of teaching, he was offered the title of ausserordentlicher Professor and was appointed to the ordentliche Professor who have full academic privileges, at the University of Strassbourg. Simmel was an excellent lecturer so he attracted lots of students (Frisby, 1981) He wrote numerous articles and books such as “The metropolis and Mental Life” and “The philosophy of Money”. He became famous in academic circles in Germany and even caused a great impact on the United

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