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Lund, A. (2017). A Critical Political Economic Framework for Peer Production’s Relation to Capitalism. Journal of Peer Production (10)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Critical Political Economic Framework for Peer Production’s Relation to Capitalism
2017 (English)In: Journal of Peer Production, ISSN 2213-5316, no 10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Peer Production, Commons, Capitalism, Capital, Crisis, Marxism, Autonomist Marxism
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274186 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-19 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2017-08-21
Lund, A. (2017). Wikipedia, Work and Capitalism: A Realm of Freedom?. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Wikipedia, Work and Capitalism: A Realm of Freedom?
2017 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study is about voluntary productive activities in digital networks and on digital platforms that often are described as pleasur­able. The aim of the study is to relate the peer producers’ perceptions of their activities on a micro level in terms of play, game, work and labour, to their views on Wikipedia’s relation to capitalism on a macro level, to compare the identified ideological formations on both levels and how they relate to each other, and finally compare the identi­fied ideological formations with contemporary Marxist theory on cognitive capitalism. The intention is to perform a critical evaluation of the economic role of peer production in society.Qualitative and semi-structured interviews with eight Wikipedians active within the Swedish language version of Wikipedia con­stitute the empirical base of the study together with one public lecture by a Wikipedian on the encyclopaedia and a selection of pages in the encyclopaedia that are text analysed. The transcribed interviews have been analysed using a version of ideological analysis as it has been developed by the Gothenburg School. The views on the peer producing activities on the micro level has been analysed in a dialecti­cal way but is also grounded in a specific field model.Six ideological formations are identified in the empirical material. On the micro level: the peripheral, bottom-up- and top-down-formation, on the macro level: the Californian alikeness ideology, communism of capital and capitalism of communism. Communism of capital has two sides to it: one stresses the synergies and the other the conflicts between the two phenomena. The formations on the macro level conform broadly to contemporary Marxist theory, but there are important differ­ences as well. The study results in a hypothesis that the critical side of communism of capital and the peripheral and bottom-up-formation could help to further a more sustainable capitalism of communism, and counteract a deeper integra­tion of the top-down-formation with Californian alikeness ideology. The latter is the main risk of capitalist co-optation of the peer produc­tion that is underway as the manifestly dominant formations on the macro level are Californian alikeness ideology and communism of capital

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. p. 240
Series
Dynamics of Virtual Work
Keywords
Wikipedia, Peer Production, Crowdsourcing, Digital Labour, Digital Work, Wikipedians, Ideology, Ideology Analysis, Historical Materialism, Marxism, Autonomist Marxism, Capitalism, Cognitive Capitalism, Communism of Capital, Capitalism of Communism, Play, Playing, Work, Working, Gaming, Labour, Labouring, Mode of Production
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274187 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-20 Created: 2016-01-20 Last updated: 2016-01-20
Lund, A. & Venäläinen, J. (2016). Monetary Materialities of Peer-Produced Knowledge: The Case of Wikipedia and Its Tensions with Paid Labour. tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society / Unified Theory of Information Research Group, 14(1), 78-98
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Monetary Materialities of Peer-Produced Knowledge: The Case of Wikipedia and Its Tensions with Paid Labour
2016 (English)In: tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society / Unified Theory of Information Research Group, ISSN 1726-670X, E-ISSN 1726-670X, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 78-98Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to the debate on the possibilities and limits of expanding the sphere of peer production within and beyond capitalism. As a case in point, it discusses the explicit and tacit monetary dependencies of Wikipedia, which are not only due to the need to sustain the technological structures that render the collaboration possible, but also about the sustenance of the peer producers themselves. In Wikipedia, the “bright line” principle for avoiding a conflict of interest has been that no one should be paid for directly editing an article. By examining the case of Wiki-PR, a consultant firm allegedly involved in helping more than 12,000 clients to edit Wikipedia articles until 2014, the goal of the analysis is to shed light on the paradoxical situation where the institution for supporting the peer production (Wikimedia Foundation) found itself taking a more strict perspective against commercial alliances than the unpaid community editors.

Keywords
Peer Production, Materialities, Economy, Wage Labour, Paid Editing, Paid Advocacy, Commons, Social Production, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274183 (URN)000382673000006 ()
Available from: 2016-01-19 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Lund, A. (2015). A Contribution to a Critique of the Concept Playbour (Hard Covered.). In: Eran Fisher and Christian Fuchs (Ed.), Reconsidering Value and Labour in the Digital Age: (pp. 1-288). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Contribution to a Critique of the Concept Playbour
2015 (English)In: Reconsidering Value and Labour in the Digital Age / [ed] Eran Fisher and Christian Fuchs, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, Hard Cover, p. 1-288Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 Edition: Hard Cover
Series
Dynamics of Virtual Work Series ; 2
Keywords
Work, Labour, Value, Media, Communication, Play, Game, Marxism
National Category
Economics and Business Media and Communications
Research subject
Economics; Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-266437 (URN)9781137478566 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-11-09 Created: 2015-11-09 Last updated: 2016-01-19
Lund, A. (2015). Frihetens rike: Wikipedianer om sin praktik, sitt produktionssätt och kapitalismen. (Doctoral dissertation). Hägersten: Tankekraft förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Frihetens rike: Wikipedianer om sin praktik, sitt produktionssätt och kapitalismen
2015 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study is about voluntary productive activities in digital networks and on digital platforms that often are described as pleasur­able. The aim of the study is to relate the peer producers’ perceptions of their activities on a micro level in terms of play, game, work and labour, to their views on Wikipedia’s relation to capitalism on a macro level, to compare the identified ideological formations on both levels and how they relate to each other, and finally compare the identi­fied ideological formations with contemporary Marxist theory on cognitive capitalism. The intention is to perform a critical evaluation of the economic role of peer production in society.Qualitative and semi-structured interviews with eight Wikipedians active within the Swedish language version of Wikipedia con­stitute the empirical base of the study together with one public lecture by a Wikipedian on the encyclopaedia and a selection of pages in the encyclopaedia that are text analysed. The transcribed interviews have been analysed using a version of ideological analysis as it has been developed by the Gothenburg School. The views on the peer producing activities on the micro level has been analysed in a dialecti­cal way but is also grounded in a specific field model.Six ideological formations are identified in the empirical material. On the micro level: the peripheral, bottom-up- and top-down-formation, on the macro level: the Californian alikeness ideology, communism of capital and capitalism of communism. Communism of capital has two sides to it: one stresses the synergies and the other the conflicts between the two phenomena. The formations on the macro level conform broadly to contemporary Marxist theory, but there are important differ­ences as well. The study results in a hypothesis that the critical side of communism of capital and the peripheral and bottom-up-formation could help to further a more sustainable capitalism of communism, and counteract a deeper integra­tion of the top-down-formation with Californian alikeness ideology. The latter is the main risk of capitalist co-optation of the peer produc­tion that is underway as the manifestly dominant formations on the macro level are Californian alikeness ideology and communism of capital.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hägersten: Tankekraft förlag, 2015. p. 670
Keywords
Wikipedia, Peer Production, Crowdsourcing, Digital Labour, Digital Work, Wikipedians, Ideology, Ideology Analysis, Historical Materialism, Marxism, Autonomist Marxism, Capitalism, Cognitive Capitalism, Communism of Capital, Capitalism of Communism, Play, Playing, Work, Working, Gaming, Labour, Labouring, Mode of Production, Wikipedia, wikipedianer, jämlik produktion, marxism, autonom marxism, historiematerialism, produktionssätt, ideologi, ideologianalys, kommunism, kapitalism, kognitiv kapitalism, kapitalets kommunism, kommunismens kapitalism, lek, tillverkning, tävling, arbete, lönarbete, gåvoekonomi, encyklopedier, uppslagsverk, immateriellt arbete
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251575 (URN)978-91-88203-09-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-10-02, Gustavianum, Akademigatan 3, 753 10 Uppsala, Uppsala, 10:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Note

© 2015 Arwid Lund, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-04-21 Last updated: 2016-03-15Bibliographically approved
Lund, A. (2015). Wikipedia, Work and Capitalism: A Realm of Freedom?. Hertfordshire: The University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Wikipedia, Work and Capitalism: A Realm of Freedom?
2015 (English)Other (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The peer production of free and open software and Wikipedia has produced use value that competes with commercial exchange value and shown that people are not only motivated by economic self-interest. The peer production of Wikipedia differs from other open cooperative communities in ways that inform this study of how the Wikipedians perceive peer production’s place, influence and potential within society’s economy. Unlike free software, Wikipedia is largely based on amateurs and non-professional participants.

The broad number of participants, largely comprising of amateurs, who create an encyclopaedia, has turned a number of ingrained opinions about job sharing and specialisation upside-down. Marx's idea that no one in the communist society has an exclusive occupation but instead can realise themselves in whatever sector they wish, appears to be slightly more achievable bearing Wikipedia in mind.

Peer production explores the possibility of creating a public economy based on these mechanisms and on an autonomous internet, but not necessarily antagonistic in relation to capital. According to some social scientists the idea of evolution is key for the P2P principles, which are often set against an antagonistic interpretation of social production in Marxism. Peer production has thus the potential of introducing new political thoughts in Marxism.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Hertfordshire: The University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK., 2015. p. 18
Series
Dynamics of Virtual Work / Working Paper Series ; 3
Keywords
Peer Production, Crowdsourcing, Californian Ideology, Marxism, Historical Materialism, Commons, Digital Labour, Play, Gaming, Work, Labour
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science; Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265524 (URN)
Available from: 2015-11-02 Created: 2015-10-30 Last updated: 2015-11-02Bibliographically approved
Lund, A. (2015). Wikipedians on wage labour within peer production. In: Mathieu O’Neill & Olivier Frayssé (Ed.), Digital Labour and Prosumer Capitalism: The US Matrix (pp. 1-232). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Wikipedians on wage labour within peer production
2015 (English)In: Digital Labour and Prosumer Capitalism: The US Matrix / [ed] Mathieu O’Neill & Olivier Frayssé, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, p. 1-232Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
Series
Dynamics of Virtual Work Series ; 1
Keywords
Peer Production, Wikipedia, Wikipedians, wage labor, wage labour
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237620 (URN)9781137473899 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-12-03 Created: 2014-12-03 Last updated: 2016-01-19
Lund, A. (2014). Playing, Gaming, Working and Labouring: Framing the Concepts and Relations. tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society / Unified Theory of Information Research Group, 12(2), 735-801
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Playing, Gaming, Working and Labouring: Framing the Concepts and Relations
2014 (English)In: tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society / Unified Theory of Information Research Group, ISSN 1726-670X, E-ISSN 1726-670X, ISSN 1726-670X, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 735-801Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to define the concepts of playing, working, gaming, and labouring, through a literature study, and to construct a typology. This typology will be used to create a field model that is structured by the horizontal parameters of qualitative-quantitative (characteristics) and the vertical parameters of activity-result (in focus). It is shown how this model can be used to visualise different theoretical positions in empirical material, which connects to the concepts and their relations. Working and labouring are distinguished into a trans-historical and a historical, capitalist, category, and likewise playing and gaming, where the former is the trans-historical category and the latter the historical one. The main focus of the article, since working and labouring is well covered within the critical Marxist tradition, is on playing and its relation to working, with the aim of understanding and criticising the concept of playbour.

Keywords
Play; Playing; Work; Working; Game: Games, Gaming; Labour; Labor; Labouring; Laboring; Typology; Marx; Marxism; Autonomist Marxism; General Intellect; Post-Fordism; Cognitive Capitalism; Peer Production; Situationist International, Critical theory
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237618 (URN)
Note

The labour on this article has partly been made possible by a scholarship from the EUCOST Action, "Dynamics of Virtual Work" (see http://dynamicsofvirtualwork.com/), and special thanks go to ChristianFuchs, University of Westminster, and Ursula Huws, University of Hertfordshire Business School

Available from: 2014-12-03 Created: 2014-12-03 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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