Digital labor

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Digital labor is an umbrella term for a range of both compensated and uncompensated activities that take place in and through digital and mobile technologies. Digital labor may specifically relate to formally recognized work that takes place in the digital economy – work such as coding, programming, and platform development – as well as to the support economies that make such formal work possible. However, the phrase “digital labor” is also used in a more provocative manner, to point to a myriad of obscured or hidden value‐generating digital practices that have extended the experience, time, and space of work. In this regard, the term “digital labor” draws attention to digital practices that blur easy distinctions between work, nonwork, play, leisure, and even life itself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
EditorsG. Ritzer
ISBN (Electronic)9781405165518
ISBN (Print)9781405124331
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • capitalism
  • commodity
  • communication and media studies
  • consumption
  • economy
  • globalization
  • labor history
  • labor movements
  • labor supply
  • labor unions
  • Marx, Karl
  • work, management, occupations and organizations


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