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Blockchain Scenes: A Research Agenda

Casemajor, Nathalie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7901-4859 et Straw, Will (2023). Blockchain Scenes: A Research Agenda Journal of Digital Social Research , vol. 5 , nº 2. pp. 1-20.

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Over the last fifteen years, the development of blockchain technologies has attracted a large volume of professional expertise, capital investment and media attention. This burgeoning sector of technology practices has coalesced around a few major initiatives (Bitcoin, Ethereum), but it is still moving at a fast pace and its configuration is evolving. If this sector is marked by a variety of technological protocols, financial arrangements and organizational forms, it is also, we would argue, a site of social effervescence. Parties, meet-ups, and the sorts of informal socializing which gather around events and networks of all kinds function to endow the blockchain sector with the characteristics of what, in cultural analysis, are often called “scenes”. The aim of this special issue is to examine the interest of the notion of scene for the analysis of blockchain practices. We argue that the notion of scene may be mobilized as a useful analytical framework not only for the study of blockchain practices, but for that of technology practices more generally. In this introductory article, we ask the following questions: how can the notion of scene contribute to the understanding of blockchain practices? And what sort of research agenda does the notion point to? In the following sections we first identify some “scenic” components in blockchain phenomena. Then we review how media discourses and academic scholarship have framed these phenomena to show that the scene perspective is undertheorized in the context of technology-related social groupings. Finally, we propose a framework to analyse the main dimensions of blockchain scenes, before presenting the contributions to the special issue. With this special issue, we aim to establish a research agenda around technology scenes at the junction of STS and cultural analysis.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Blockchain scene; technology scene; blockchain; community; culture; social effervescence
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 18 juill. 2023 19:43
Dernière modification: 18 juill. 2023 19:43
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/13541

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