18. The Virtual Economy

  1. Trevor J. Barnes2,
  2. Jamie Peck3 and
  3. Eric Sheppard4
  1. Matthew Zook

Published Online: 20 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118384497.ch18

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography

How to Cite

Zook, M. (2012) The Virtual Economy, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography (eds T. J. Barnes, J. Peck and E. Sheppard), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118384497.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. 3

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  3. 4

    University of Minnesota, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Kentucky, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 23 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336801

Online ISBN: 9781118384497

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Keywords:

  • regulation and governance;
  • editors' introduction, regulation and governance;
  • concept of virtual economy, on activities divorced from the material world;
  • electronic networks of the virtual economy;
  • linking the virtual and the material;
  • digital and material, infrastructure supporting the virtual economy;
  • power of code, in virtual and material places;
  • speeding up with the virtual economy;
  • complicating measures of distance;
  • virtual economy, associated with rise of a range of new products

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Linking the Virtual and the Material

  • The Power of Code in Virtual and Material Places

  • Speeding Up with the Virtual Economy

  • Complicating Measures of Distance

  • New and Retooled Products

  • Labor Processes in the Virtual Economy

  • Conclusion

  • References