The Politics of Contraband - The Honor Economies of the Warez Scene

  title={The Politics of Contraband - The Honor Economies of the Warez Scene},
  author={Alf Mikael Rehn},
  journal={Public Choice \& Political Economy eJournal},
  • A. Rehn
  • Published 1 July 2004
  • Sociology
  • Public Choice & Political Economy eJournal
Lodged within the Internet’s increasingly commercialized webs there exists a thriving subculture that has developed an economy all its own. Specifically, a modern gift economy, a consistent and internally rational structure of actively anti-economic behavior that presents an interesting juxtaposition to our contemporary notions of economy. Based on an extended ethnography, this subculture is analyzed as a society ordered by agonistic play and gift-giving as economy. The contribution can best be… 
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