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Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy

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  • Date Published: February 2017
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  • Our economy is neither overwhelmingly capitalist, as Marxist political economists argue, nor overwhelmingly a market economy, as mainstream economists assume. Both approaches ignore vast swathes of the economy, including the gift, collaborative and hybrid forms that coexist with more conventional capitalism in the new digital economy. Drawing on economic sociology, anthropology of the gift and heterodox economics, this book proposes a groundbreaking framework for analysing diverse economic systems: a political economy of practices. The framework is used to analyse Apple, Wikipedia, Google, YouTube and Facebook, showing how different complexes of appropriative practices bring about radically different economic outcomes. Innovative and topical, Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy focusses on an area of rapid social change while developing a theoretically and politically radical framework that will be of continuing long-term relevance. It will appeal to students, activists and academics in the social sciences.

    • Provides deep insight into the workings of some of the highest profile sites on the Internet, enabling readers to understand digital phenomena that are becoming increasingly central to our lives and to courses across the social sciences
    • Shows how interacting complexes of practices produce a variety of different economic forms, and therefore the possibility of there being many different ways of organising our economy
    • Features analyses of Apple, Wikipedia, Google, YouTube and Facebook
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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316792810
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact eBooks.com for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Diverse Economies:
    1. Introduction
    2. Diverse economies
    Part II. Political Economies:
    3. Beyond Marxist political economy
    4. Mainstream economics and its rivals
    5. Complexes of appropriative practices
    Part III. Digital Economies:
    6. Digital monopoly capitalism: Apple
    7. Co-operative peer production: Wikipedia
    8. Does Google give gifts?
    9. User content capitalism
    10. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Dave Elder-Vass, Loughborough University
    Dave Elder-Vass teaches sociology and digital economies at Loughborough University. Before returning to academic life he was a senior IT technology manager in the private sector. This book brings together his expertise in digital technology and its use in business with his academic work on economic sociology and particularly the relation of gifts to the conventional economy. His previous publications include The Causal Power of Social Structures (Cambridge, 2010) and The Reality of Social Construction (Cambridge, 2012).

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