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Capital experimentation with person/a formation: how Facebook's monetization refigures the relationship between property, personhood and protest

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Capital experimentation with person/a formation : how Facebook's monetization refigures the relationship between property, personhood and protest. / Skeggs, Beverley; Yuill, Simon.

In: Information Communication and Society, Vol. 19, No. 3, 03.03.2016, p. 380-396.

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Skeggs B, Yuill S. Capital experimentation with person/a formation: how Facebook's monetization refigures the relationship between property, personhood and protest. Information Communication and Society. 2016 Mar 3;19(3):380-396. Epub 2015 Nov 13. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1111403

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