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1st Edition

Hacking Capitalism
The Free and Open Source Software Movement

ISBN 9780415541374
Published May 10, 2012 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement demonstrates how labour can self-organise production, and, as is shown by the free operating system GNU/Linux, even compete with some of the worlds largest firms. The book examines the hopes of such thinkers as Friedrich Schiller, Karl Marx, Herbert Marcuse and Antonio Negri, in the light of the recent achievements of the hacker movement. This book is the first to examine a different kind of political activism that consists in the development of technology from below.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Hackers

Chapter 2: Post-Fordist Capitalism

Chapter 3: The Commodification of Information

Chapter 4: Consumption-Production of Sign Values

Chapter 5: Immaterial Labour

Chapter 6: World Markets and Global Gift

Chapter 7: Play Struggle




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Johan Söderberg was educated at the Falmouth College of Arts in England and holds a degree in Science and Technology Policy from Lund University, Sweden.


"...an excellent resource for those interested in Marxist studies, labor history, the FOSS movement, and current trends in computing... Recommended."

- P. L. Kantor, University of Advancing Technology, Choice