Communitas and the commons: The open access movement and the dynamics of restructuration in scholarly publishing

Kirsten Bell

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In this article, the author reflects on the open access movement as a social and political phenomenon via the lens of Turner’s work on liminality and communitas. Moving beyond the neo‐liberalization frame, which is the primary way that the transformations in open access have been conceptualized to date, she argues that they are better understood as a product of the hybridizing relationship between structure and anti‐structure. This perspective allows us to make sense of the open access movement’s seemingly paradoxical qualities, which, the author suggests, point to cultural processes still very much in the subjunctive mood.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-23
Number of pages3
JournalAnthropology Today
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019

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