Category: International Journal of Cultural Studies

Value Creation Through Digital Commons: Complicating the Discourse

How do producers of digital commons establish relations with the market, and how do they create economic value through their practices? An attempt to go beyond common misconceptions is done through looking at the phenomenon of “open movies” production within the 3D Blender and 2D Synfig animation communities.

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Crowdfunding: Looking Beyond Kickstarter

Everybody knows about Kickstarter, which is considered to be world’s most popular crowdfunding platform; however, Kickstarter is only one of an estimated number of over 1,000 platforms worldwide. Patryk Galuszka and Blanka Brzozowska look at MegaTotal, a music-oriented platform implementing a significantly different model than Kickstarter.

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Out the Back: Race and Reinvention in Johannesburg’s Garden Cottages

The outdoor “maid’s room” was a common suburban feature of apartheid Johannesburg. In the 21st century many of these spaces have been reimagined as “garden cottages” and transformed into middle class assets, but traces of their segregated histories persist.

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The Gendered Politics of Digital Brand Labor

In the so-called “attention economy,” brands increasingly harness the immaterial labor of social media participants. To what extent can these digital activities by understood as gendered? This post draws on findings from a recently published International Journal of Cultural Studies article to explore the gendered politics of social media labor.

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Feminism and Anorexia: A Complex Alliance

Critical feminist approaches to anorexia have become increasingly visible as an area of academic study since the late 1970s. Such approaches have done much to question and critique the ideological nature of medical conceptions of the “eating disorder,” but they continue to raise questions about how to “give voice” to those who suffer from anorexia.

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