The politics of contraband - The honor economies of the warez scene
2004 (English)In: Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 33, no 3, 359-374 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Lodged within the Internet's increasingly commercialized webs there exists a thriving subculture that has developed an economy all its own. Specifically, a modern gift economy, a consistent and internally rational structure of actively anti-economic behavior that presents an interesting juxtaposition to our contemporary notions of economy. Based on an extended ethnography, this subculture is analyzed as a society ordered by agonistic play and gift-giving as economy. The contribution can best be described as adding ethnographic data from the post-industrial phase in Western economic development to the discussion of gift economies, a discourse that has usually dealt only with archaic communities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 33, no 3, 359-374 p.
Gift economy, Gifts, Potlatch, Software piracy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-157437DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2003.12.027ScopusID: 2-s2.0-1842661682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-157437DiVA: diva2:771142
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