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Bubbles and Machines

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Book Series: Critical Digital and Social Media Studies ISBN: 9781912656011 9781912656004 9781912656028 9781912656035 Year: Pages: 156 DOI: 10.16997/book34 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press Grant: University of Westminster
Subject: Economics --- Gender Studies --- Media and communication --- Social Sciences
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Are financial crises embedded in IT? Can gender studies offer insights into financial reporting? Feminist theories and Science and Technology Studies (STS) can enrich a critique of financial crises in capitalism as the author argues their critical, political economic approaches to communication can help in understanding because they historicize technology and economy and how these are materially embedded. Current literature has neglected finance and capital’s gendered aspect – even – the ideology of a ‘crisis’. This book develops four themes: women as resources in financial markets and as producers of values; gender ideology and unequal distribution; machine production and distribution of financial information and the varied actuality of markets. Working with case histories of tulipmania, microcredit, Wall Street reporting and the role of ‘screens’, Bubbles and Machines argues that rather than calling financial crises human-made or inevitable they should be recognized as technological. 

Peer to Peer

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Book Series: Critical Digital and Social Media Studies ISBN: 9781911534785 9781911534778 9781911534792 9781911534808 Year: Pages: 102 DOI: 10.16997/book33 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press Grant: University of Westminster
Subject: Science (General) --- Business and Management --- Economics --- Sociology --- Social Sciences
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"Not since Marx identified the manufacturing plants of Manchester as the blueprint for the new capitalist society has there been a more profound transformation of the fundamentals of our social life. As capitalism faces a series of structural crises, a new social, political and economic dynamic is emerging: peer to peer.
What is peer to peer? Why is it essential for building a commons-centric future? How could this happen? These are the questions this book tries to answer. Peer to peer is a type of social relations in human networks, as well as a technological infrastructure that makes the generalization and scaling up of such relations possible. Thus, peer to peer enables a new mode of production and creates the potential for a transition to a commons-oriented economy. "

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