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Dynamics of Virtual Work

Wikipedia, Work and Capitalism

A Realm of Freedom?

Authors: Lund, Arwid

  • Presents a topical case study of Wikipedia
  • Provides a unique intersection of three fields of knowledge: social effects of digital technology, ideologies and politics of cognitive capitalism’s social relations and the culture of contemporary capitalism
  • Contributes richly to the emerging literature of critical internet studies
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About this book

This book relates Wikipedians’ conceptions of their activities in terms of play, game, work and labour, to their views on Wikipedia and capitalism. The author identifies and compares ideology formations with each other, and with contemporary Marxist theory, providing critical evaluation of the perceived economic relation between peer production and capitalism. The book covers a range of topics including encyclopaedias and the digital revolution; Marxist approaches to cognitive capitalism; and crowdsourcing. The book richly contributes to the emerging literature of critical internet studies, providing a unique intersection of three fields of knowledge: social effects of digital technology; ideologies and politics of cognitive capitalism’s social relations; and the culture of contemporary capitalism.

Wikipedia, Work and Capitalism will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including political economy, sociology and digital cultures, as well as social activists, Wikipedians, and peer producers. 

About the authors

Arwid Lund is Lecturer at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University, Sweden. He holds a research fellowship at Westminster Institute of Advanced Studies, UK and is author of three books in Swedish. 

Reviews

“An outstanding, insightful and rigorous study.” (Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster, UK)

“A startling reminder of how capitalism today is part of even the most communally organized venture. Recommended reading!” (Jutta Haider, Lund University, Sweden)

“This book explores, within an innovative and lucid framework, and through meticulous observations, the ideological work underpinning the real cognitive work done by Wikipedians.” (Eran Fisher, The Open University of Israel)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lund, Arwid

    Pages 1-29

  • Background: Encyclopaedias and the Digital Revolution

    Lund, Arwid

    Pages 31-45

  • Wikipedia

    Lund, Arwid

    Pages 47-66

  • The Outside of Cognitive Capitalism Understood Through Ideology Analysis

    Lund, Arwid

    Pages 67-125

  • Wikipedians’ Views on Their Activities

    Lund, Arwid

    Pages 127-197

Buy this book

eBook £74.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50690-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £93.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50689-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wikipedia, Work and Capitalism
Book Subtitle
A Realm of Freedom?
Authors
Series Title
Dynamics of Virtual Work
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50690-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50690-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50689-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 373
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
Topics