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Trouble in e-topia : knowledge as intellectual property.

May, Christopher (2002) Trouble in e-topia : knowledge as intellectual property. Urban Studies, 39 (5-6). pp. 1037-1049.

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Abstract

This article looks at the claims made about the city's new workplace, where information-related endeavour is leading to a new world of work. However, this can only be regarded as a positive step in labour relations if the central role of intellectual property in the information age is forgotten or obscured. After briefly laying out the claims made about the new age, the article identifies the continued importance for capitalists of controlling property rights, leading to an examination of the continuing property-based relations between information labour and capital(ists). Rather than representing an e-topia, the city's new mode of economic activity exhibits significant continuities with previous modes of capitalism. The claims for the empowerment of information and knowledge-workers in the new age are therefore optimistic at best and mistaken at worst.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Urban Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 35555
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2011 10:11
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:53
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/35555

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