Awarding the self in <em>Wikipedia</em>: Identity work and the disclosure of knowledge

  • Daniel Ashton Bath Spa University
Keywords: Wikipedia, identity, online profile, knowledge

Abstract

The ‘behind-the-scenes’ discussion and edit pages of Wikipedia reveal a complex layering of debates and discussion between editors. Focusing on how Wikipedia ‘service awards’ can identify and distinguish editors, this paper explores the disclosure of knowledge as it is intimately bound up with identity work. Examining contributions/edits to Wikipedia as disclosures highlights processes of identity management and work.

Author Biography

Daniel Ashton, Bath Spa University
Dr. Daniel Ashton is senior lecturer in media and cultural studies, Department of Film and Media Production, School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, Bath Spa University.
Published
2010-12-18
How to Cite
Ashton, D. (2010). Awarding the self in <em>Wikipedia</em&gt;: Identity work and the disclosure of knowledge. First Monday, 16(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i1.3156