Gift economies in the development of open source software: anthropological reflections

Zeitlyn, David (2003) Gift economies in the development of open source software: anthropological reflections. Research Policy, 32 (7). pp. 1287-1291. ISSN 0048-7333. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Building on Eric Raymond's work this article discusses the motivation and rewards that lead some software engineers to participate in the open source movement. It is suggested that software engineers in the open source movement may have sub-groupings which parallel kinship groups such as lineages. Within such groups gift giving is not necessarily or directly reciprocated, instead members work according to the 'axiom of kinship amity'-direct economic calculation is not appropriate within the group. What Bourdieu calls 'symbolic capital' can be used to understand how people work in order to enhance the reputation (of themselves and their group). (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 707QX Times Cited: 9 Cited Reference Count: 21
Uncontrolled keywords: gift economy cathedral and bazaar non-economic motivation prestige symbolic capital
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Visual and Computational Anthropology
Depositing User: C.G.W.G. van-de-Benderskum
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2008 19:47
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2014 10:15
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/10721 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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