The Social Meaning of Extra Money

Capitalism and the Commodification of Domestic and Leisure Activities

  • Sidonie Naulin
  • Anne Jourdain

Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Anne Jourdain, Sidonie Naulin
    Pages 1-29
  3. Pin Money

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Adrien Bailly, Renaud Garcia-Bardidia, Coralie Lallemand
      Pages 97-117
  4. Savings

  5. Low Labor Income

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Pierre Brasseur, Jean Finez
      Pages 211-237
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-284

About this book


Why do ordinary people who used to engage in domestic and leisure activities for free now try to make a profit from them? How and why do people commodify their free time? This book explores the marketization of blogging, cooking, craftwork, gardening, knitting, selling second-hand items, sexcamming, and more generally the economic use of free time. It outlines how the development of web platforms, the current economic context and post-Fordist values can account for this extension of market and labor.

Drawing on a range of interviews, ethnographic observations, and quantitative surveys, the contributors question the empowering effects of commodification, with a specific focus on how gender and class inequalities affect the social meanings of extra money. Ultimately, the collective findings demonstrate how commodification pervades even the most mundane social activities. This research will be invaluable to scholars and students with a focus on gender and digital sociology, the sociology of work and labour, and the marketization of leisure.


Marketisation Platform economy Enrepreneurs Domesticity Amateurs Digitalisation digital sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sidonie Naulin
    • 1
  • Anne Jourdain
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS Sciences Po Grenoble, PACTEGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.Paris-Dauphine University PSL Research University, CNRS, IRISSOParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-18296-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-18297-7
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