Gift politics: Exposure and surveillance in the anthropocene

Marc Schuilenburg, Rik Peeters

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Abstract

This article discusses the role of gift relations in the Anthropocene. We reinterpret Mauss’s original concept of the gift to understand its application and transformation in a social context that increasingly sees human behavior as a resource for the realization of governmental and corporate objectives. Contemporary gift rela- tions focus on reciprocity through personal data instead of physical artifacts, and on promoting control and consumerism instead of forging moral and personal obligations. In our analysis, we distinguish two important elements. First, gifts are used to elicit voluntary exposure of personal data by individuals. In exchange for personal data, people are granted material or immaterial rewards. Second, gift relations have a pervasive element of surveillance that aims to influence behavior through pe
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-578
Number of pages16
JournalCrime, Law & Social Change
Volume68
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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