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Title: Online collective action toward a Democratic Culture: A network perspective of Commons-based Peer production
Authors: WANG RONG
Keywords: Collective Action, Social Network Analysis, Commons-Based Peer Production, Social Capital, Democratic Culture, Online Communities
Issue Date: 11-Jan-2011
Citation: WANG RONG (2011-01-11). Online collective action toward a Democratic Culture: A network perspective of Commons-based Peer production. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Collective action is increasingly taking new forms, often thanks to the novel ways in which individuals and organizations utilize information and communications technologies to successfully engage others. This thesis analyses Commons-based Peer production (CBPP), which is the production of user-generated content, organized by peer members and based on commonly shared resources, under the theoretical framework of collective action space. This thesis has two purposes: (1) to identify common characteristics of the CBPP community; (2) to examine how different structures of organizing collaboration impact on the occurrence of collective action, which is the collaborative production and sharing in CBPP communities. Specifically, it addresses these following questions: What are major gratifications CBPP members gain from their engagement in collaborative production and open sharing? How do they perceive the efficacy of CBPP in individual and community level? How is CBPP organized into collective action? What is the effect of introducing more structure in CBPP? What organization of CBPP can lead to more opportunities for collective production to flourish? Social Network Analysis (the total number of included social actors is 3054) and an online survey (the total number of respondents is 236) are adopted as methods. With large datasets, this thesis concludes some common features of CBPP communities and it also shows how theoretical assumptions on the nature of contemporary collective action can be tested in practice. Furthermore, this thesis claims that the introduction of some structure to a CBPP community can be beneficial for organizing collaborative endeavours toward the common goal, in spite of the value of loosely coordinated entrepreneurial online action.
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