Beta phase communities: open source software as gift economy

In this paper, I discuss how gift economy tenets exist within capitalist systems and in what ways the alternative logic of gift economies could be used within capitalist firms to create a more fair economy overall, citing open source software within the technology sector as one example.To do this, I...

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Published in:Political theology
Main Author: Marthaller, Jacob
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group [2017]
In:Political theology
Year: 2017, Volume: 18, Issue: 1, Pages: 5-21
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Economy / Generosity / Capitalism / Open source
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Summary:In this paper, I discuss how gift economy tenets exist within capitalist systems and in what ways the alternative logic of gift economies could be used within capitalist firms to create a more fair economy overall, citing open source software within the technology sector as one example.To do this, I begin by striking a dialectic between John Milbank's theological and David Graeber's anthropological conceptions of gift economies, illuminating crucial aspects of each to uncover what alternative economic principles are applicable to standard capitalist economic ideologies.I then turn to a practical application of where these gift economy ideologies are already being utilized to a degree, arguing specifically that open source software provides an alternative economic logic for countless members of the technology sector. On a broad level, I hope to show that capitalism provides the means to alter itself within its own ethos, as certain economic ideologies - like gift economies - could potentially assuage those economic models that contribute to economic inequality. By accentuating these alternative logics within technology firms, they can be expanded and made more substantial, subsequently altering capitalism from the inside out.
Item Description:Das Heft ist als Doppelheft erschienen "Volume 18 Numbers 1-2 February-March 2017"
ISSN:1462-317X
Contains:Enthalten in: Political theology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1179/1462317X15Z.000000000146