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Playing, Gaming, Working and Labouring: Framing the Concepts and Relations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM. University of Westminster. (Library and Informations Science)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4232-0128
2014 (English)In: tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society / Unified Theory of Information Research Group, ISSN 1726-670X, ISSN 1726-670X, Vol. 12, no 2, 735-801 p.Article 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.

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2014. Vol. 12, no 2, 735-801 p.
Keyword [en]
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
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237618OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-237618DiVA: diva2:768400

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

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