Money Code Space: Hidden Power in Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Decentralisation (Oxford Studies in Digital Politics)

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ISBN-13: 978-0197515082
ISBN-10: 0197515088
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"...among the many books on bitcoin, this is one of the most valuable..." -- J. Brzezinski, McHenry County College,
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"In this fascinating book, Jack Parkin details the socio-spatial trajectories and political economies of blockchain cryptocurrencies. Through an insightful multi-site ethnography he explains with compelling conceptual clarity the materialities and spatialities of emerging decentralised financial
architectures. Engagingly written, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the tangled relationship of money, code, and space." -- Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University


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Money Code Space gives us an in-depth analysis of particular types of digital capabilities ― specifically, powerful tools that can become dangerous instruments. Jack Parkin's book takes us well beyond the more familiar descriptions of blockchain and its cousins." -- Saskia Sassen, Columbia
University


"Jack Parkin's book expertly integrates the fields of financial and digital geographies through the compelling case studies of the cryptocurrency of Bitcoin and the blockchain technology supporting it. From these strong empirics, Parkin makes a strong contribution to advancing and integrating
theories of finance, code/space, software/data studies, and money. It is an excellent piece of scholarship and highly recommended for those studying the construction of financial and digital spaces and how the visions and dreams encoded in software are negotiated and materialized in economic
practices. This book highlights the constructed, contested and political nature of so-called "neutral" technologies and moreover demonstrates how a technology designed to be the ultimate in decentralization, nevertheless relies on centralization in order to function." -- Matthew Zook, University of
Kentucky


About the Author


Jack Parkin is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, where he researches the political economy of cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystems. His ethnographic work focuses on points of control in digital networks, analysing software development models,
technical infrastructure, and start-up industries. He also provides consultancy services for automation and distributed ledger solutions internationally.


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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press (September 17, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 302 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0197515088
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0197515082
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and informed fascinating read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting analysis on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2020