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Evil Intermediation Platforms
  • Athina Karatzogianni, University of Leicester
  • Jacob Matthews, University of Paris VIII Vincennes in Saint-Denis

A political-cultural perspective on the sociology of digital intermediation platforms interrogates what a particular set of social arrangements implies about relations of production and asks: How do digital intermediation platforms contribute to legitimising contemporary capitalism, and potentially to redesigning processes of domination and exploitation of (digital) labor? How are these platforms used as a justification register, i.e. the use of digital commons for ideological purposes, in the sense of Boltanski and Thévenot’s (2006) economies of worth? Is a specific model, for example platform cooperativism, an antidote to those “evil” platforms or yet another iteration?
  • digital economy
Publication Date
Fall September 6, 2016
Short piece prepared for special issue on Evil infrastructures for the Journal of Cultural Anthropology based on the conference paper 2 September 2016 ‘In the name of the collaborative economy: Digital intermediation platforms as a new material and ideological vanguard for capitalist expansion?’ with Jacob Matthews (Paris 8) and David Pucheau (Université Bordeaux 3) at the panel Infrastructures of Evil: Participation, Collaboration, Maintenance at the EASST Conference, Barcelona.
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Karatzogianni, A and Matthews, J. (6 September 2016) 'Evil Intermediation Platforms', prepared for the Journal of Cultural Anthropology. Online available at:
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