The Handbook of Peer Production

Mathieu O'Neil, Christian Pentzold, Sophie Toupin

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    Peer production is no longer the sole domain of small groups of technical or academic elites. The internet has enabled millions of people to collectively produce, revise, and distribute everything from computer operating systems and applications to encyclopedia articles and film and television databases. Today, peer production has branched out to include wireless networks, online currencies, biohacking, and peer-to-peer urbanism, amongst others. The Handbook of Peer Production outlines central concepts, examines current and emerging areas of application, and analyzes the forms and principles of cooperation that continue to impact multiple areas of production and sociality. Featuring contributions from an international team of experts in the field, this landmark work maps the origins and manifestations of peer production, discusses the factors and conditions that are enabling, advancing, and co-opting peer production, and considers its current impact and potential consequences for the social order. Detailed chapters address the governance, political economy, and cultures of peer production, user motivations, social rules and norms, the role of peer production in social change and activism, and much more. This volume fills a gap in available literature as the only extensive overview of peer production’s modes of generating informational goods and services.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    Number of pages464
    ISBN (Electronic)9781119537090
    ISBN (Print)9781119537106
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

    Publication series

    NameHandbooks in Communication and Media


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