Re: [jox] Critical Studies in Peer production or Critical Studies in Commons Production?
- From: Stefan Meretz <stefan meretz.de>
- Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:44:28 +0200
Hi Mathieu and all,
On 2011-08-24 09:47, Mathieu ONeil wrote:
In this regard, the fact that the journal is called Critical Studies
in Peer Production (CSPP) is starting to bother me a little, because
it puts, in my view, too much emphasis on the _process_ (peer
production, which is to certain extent dependent on, and enmeshed in
capitalism) rather than on the sought-after _result_ of the process,
the production of commons. So I am wondering if a more appropriate
title for the journal might not be Critical Studies in Commons
I would like to stay with the current name. Two points:
1. It is the social process which distinguishes from capitalism, because
peer production is about a new mode of production, not mainly about new
2. Commons is not a result of a process, but commons is threefold
resources, commoning (the social process), and result (product which in
the next cycle may act as resource). Or as Peter Linebaugh puts it:
"There is no commons without commoning".
However, these two points may be an argument to change the name (with a
different perspective than yours), but I see no advantage to exchange
"peer" with "commons" (is there a non-peer commons?).
If you want to be more precise, then adopting the Benkler notion would
be the best: Critical Studies in Commons-Based Peer Production.
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