Call for papers: Moral Economies of the Digital

Call for papers

Special issue of the European Journal of Social Theory

Moral Economies of the Digital

Digital technologies have opened up new opportunities for novel forms of economic practice and for the economic empowerment of individuals and communities. But what happens when they encounter the mesh of pre-existing social, cultural, and economic relations? We invite papers that explore the moral economies underpinning the use of digital technologies, and examine how they encourage or constrain the use of technologies to renegotiate existing power structures and economic practices. Papers may, for example, address one or more of the following issues:

– To what extent is the digital economy dependent upon ethics, norms, and communicative interaction, and does this open up awareness of different approaches to the economy?
– Can social theory help us to explain the development, operation and consequences of the digital economy?

– Does the ‘new’ sharing economy offer a new type of moral economy and how does it impact existing communities?
– What processes and circumstances allow digital technologies to be incorporated successfully (or not) into the moral economies of subaltern communities?
– How do value propositions associated with the introduction of digital technologies, such as disintermediation, or the death of distance, play out in practice?

While empirically oriented papers are welcome as well as more theoretical papers, empirical papers should employ a theoretical framework, show how it contributes to the analysis of the empirical case(s), and consider the consequences of the analysis for the framework concerned.

Papers should be 6,000-9,000 words in length, and should be submitted via Scholar One by 30 September 2016. The special issue is likely to be published early in 2018. For further details of the submission process and guidelines, see

Editor of Special Issue: Dave Elder-Vass,

Editor of European Journal of Social Theory: Gerard Delanty,

Categories: Digital Sociology

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