“Gig Communities”: Rediscovering Gig Work Practices Via Community-of-Practice Lens

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Abstract

In this article I adopt the anthropological framework of “Communities-of-Practice” (CoPs) to investigate how communities of gig workers engage in collective processes of “learning, practicing, and innovating” (Lave 1988; Lave & Wenger 1991; Brown & Duguid 1991). Drawing upon the author’s ethnographic research in China over 20 months (2014-2019), the article shows how gig communities innovate new ways to bridge the divide between technological systems and lived realities and advance their own interests through the production of different types of practice, namely technical practice, situated practice, and illicit practice. By revealing the complexity of gig communities through these different modes of practices, the article proposes that platforms are dynamic multi-nodal structure: gig workers form distinct communities which enable them to engage in collaborative as well as disruptive practices in pursuit of ends which may or may not align with those of the platform companies.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato10 dec. 2022
Antal sider5
StatusUdgivet - 10 dec. 2022
BegivenhedICIS 2022: Digitization for the next generation - København, Danmark
Varighed: 9 dec. 202214 dec. 2022
https://icis2022.aisconferences.org/

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KonferenceICIS 2022: Digitization for the next generation
LokationKøbenhavn
Land/OmrådeDanmark
Periode09/12/202214/12/2022
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