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The changing shape of sharing: digital materiality and moral economies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2053-0933
2015 (English)In: Discover Society, no 18Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The digital is expanding. More and more of our virtual world (e.g. emotions, sentiments, ideas, fears, beliefs, thoughts) is being digitally crowdsourced and quantified as Big Data. Equally, more and more of our physical objects (including our bodies) are being interlaced with digital information (commonly referred to as the Internet of Things). Thus, there is no longer (if there ever was) a clear separation between the digital on the one hand and the virtual and the material on the other hand.

At the same time, the digital-material objects we surround ourselves with can take on different transactional identities — as gifts, public goods or commodities — and thereby become parts of larger economies. Depending on the transactional identity of objects, these larger economies can be seen as following different moral orders. These two processes, digital materiality and moral economies, have become more visible in our everyday lives as they converge in the so-called sharing economy. In what follows, this article will show how sharing has changed shape and that we can understand this process precisely by considering digital materiality and moral economies together.

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Bristol: Social Research Publications , 2015. no 18
Keyword [en]
sharing, digital materiality, moral economies
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114432OAI: diva2:792437
Available from: 2015-03-04 Created: 2015-03-04 Last updated: 2015-04-21Bibliographically approved

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