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The Work and Play of the Mind in the Information Age

Whose Property?

  • Includes a foreword by McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto

  • Tells the story of the information age as reflected in its forms of property

  • Analyses the dilemmas of free property, and the expropriation of that property by new media corporations


Part of the Frontiers of Globalization book series (FOG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
    Pages 1-11
  3. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
    Pages 13-46
  4. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
    Pages 47-86
  5. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
    Pages 87-138
  6. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
    Pages 139-179
  7. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
    Pages 181-203
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 205-226

About this book


This book tells a series of living stories about a domain of social activity, “the work and play of the mind,” in a particular historical epoch: the “information age.” The stories concern political processes and movements as varied as the World Trade Organization’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, China’s Great Firewall, practices of image sharing in social media, Occupy Wall Street, The Arab Spring, The Alt-Right, and the use of geographical indications by indigenous peoples and farmers to defend their lifestyles.

In its theoretical analysis, the book illuminates four alternative political agendas for the work and play of the mind. These four “propertyscapes” represent competing visions for social life, framing projects for collective political action that are at times competing, at times overlapping. The author prompts us to consider whose property is the work and play of the mind, as well as addressing larger questions  regarding the framing of political space, the kinds of political communities we may need for the future, and the changing place of the work and play of the mind within these social imaginaries.

The book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including media and communications, arts and design, law, politics and interdisciplinary social sciences.



capitalism intellectual property immaterial property information privatisation internet economy censorship digital activism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.New York CityUSA

About the authors

Phillip Kalantzis-Cope holds a Ph.D from the Department of Political Science at the New School for Social Research, New York, USA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Work and Play of the Mind in the Information Age
  • Book Subtitle Whose Property?
  • Authors Phillip Kalantzis-Cope
  • Series Title Frontiers of Globalization
  • Series Abbreviated Title Frontiers of Globalization
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-64649-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87843-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-64650-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 226
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Media Sociology
    Knowledge - Discourse
    IT Law, Media Law, Intellectual Property
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