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Hacked: a radical approach to hacker culture and crime

Hacked: a radical approach to hacker culture and crime

Steinmetz, Kevin F

Public discourse, from pop culture to political rhetoric, portrays hackers as deceptive, digital villains. But what do we actually know about them?              In Hacked, Kevin F. Steinmetz explores what it means to be a hacker and the nuances of hacker culture. Through extensive interviews with hackers, observations of hacker communities, and analyses of hacker cultural products, Steinmetz demystifies the figure of the hacker and situates the practice of hacking within the larger political and economic structures of capitalism, crime, and control.This captivating book challenges many of the common narratives of hackers, suggesting that not all forms of hacking are criminal and, contrary to popular opinion, the broader hacker community actually plays a vital role in our information economy. Hacked thus explores how governments, corporations, and other institutions attempt to manage hacker culture through the creation of ideologies and laws that protect powerful economic interests. Not content to simply critique the situation, Steinmetz ends his work by providing actionable policy recommendations that aim to redirect the focus from the individual to corporations, governments, and broader social issues.             A compelling study, Hacked helps us understand not just the figure of the hacker, but also digital crime and social control in our high-tech society

Book. English.
Published New York: New York University Press, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Kevin F. Steinmetz
ISBN: 1479866105, 1479869716, 9781479866106, 9781479869718
Physical Description: xv, 285 pages ; 24 cm.
Series: Alternative criminology series
Subject: Computer crimes Economic aspects.; Computer crimes Social aspects.; Hackers.



highly original, insightful, carefully researched and elegantly written study

of hacker culture. Through an impressive synthesis of insights from critical

and cultural criminology, classical and contemporary social theory, politics

and political economy, Kevin Steinmetz delivers a new and provocative

understanding of hacking and its place in contemporary information

capitalism. A 'must read' for students

and scholars of crime, new media and digital culture."-Majid Yar,author of Cybercrime and Society||"One of the only books in criminology that takes seriously the intersection of hacker culture and political economy. Hacked is theoretically insightful, analytically rich, and well written."-Victor E. Kappeler,co-author of The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice