Hacking Capitalism

The Free and Open Source Software Movement

By Johan Söderberg

© 2007 – Routledge

252 pages

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About the Book

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.


"…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

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




About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society

The planet is being transformed by technical change and in particular by the speed of development in information technology. This series brings together the latest research on the social impact of IT and seeks to provide a broad range of case studies and comparative analysis of this phenomena and how it is changing our lives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General