Transactions in virtual places: Sharing and excess in blockchain worlds

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Abstract / Description of output

The sharing economy encourages trusted person-to-person commercial transactions comparable to the exchange of goods for cash, but enabled by cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, now moving into the tribal world of virtual environments. I adopt a phenomenological posture towards such emerging practices, investigating how innovations built on the idea of the “blockchain” are grounded in the gift society. Phenomenological insights and metaphors can inform our understanding of the apparent costliness and extravagance of platforms supporting cryptocurrencies and the consumerist excesses of virtual environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Phenomenology of Real and Virtual Places
EditorsErik Champion
Place of PublicationAbingdon; New York
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781138094079
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • phenomenology
  • virtual reality
  • blockchain


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