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Hacking Weber: legitimacy, critique, and trust in peer production

O'Neil, Mathieu


This article examines the acceptance of control in anti-authoritarian environments. It argues that the use of the Weberian notion of legitimate domination or authority is appropriate in the context of collaborative online projects. The central argument is that legitimacy in collaborative projects constitutes itself in response to critique. In the realm of knowledge, the critique of external expertise forms the basis for the individualized, charismatic authority of founders who know the project...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Information, Communication and Society
DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2013.850525


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