Cryptocurrencies & Blockchains

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From their shadowy origins in Bitcoin to their use by multinational corporations, cryptocurrencies and blockchains are remaking the rules of digital media and society. Meanwhile, regulators, governments, and the public are trying to make sense of it all.

In this accessible book, Quinn DuPont guides readers through the changing face of money and shows how blockchain technology powers new forms of value exchange and social coordination. The reader will learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain developers and users, investment opportunities and risks, changes to politics and law, social and industrial applications, and what this all means for the new economy.

Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains dispenses with hype and offers sober reflection on this crucial and timely topic. It is essential reading for students and scholars of culture, politics, media, and the economy, as well as anyone who wants to understand, take part in, or change the future of work and society.


“This book cuts through the hype and reviews, in layperson’s terms, the developments and applications of blockchain, offering lessons for how we will imagine human systems, governance, and accountability in a world of distributed computational processes and decentralized authority. A real tour de force.”
Bill Maurer, University of California, Irvine

“Amidst all the hype surrounding cryptocurrency, this book provides a refreshingly balanced perspective on what matters – and does not matter – about these new forms of money. Quinn DuPont provides a well-informed analysis of the cryptocurrency terrain, which should be required reading for students and researchers, as well as anyone who wants to get involved in this exciting new world but might be wary of doing so.”
Nigel Dodd, London School of Economics

“DuPont deftly draws readers through the technical debates and plentiful hype surrounding blockchains and cryptocurrencies by providing realistic impressions of what these technologies can and cannot do.” (Full review in Information Polity)

Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn, University of Groningen

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(Polity, 2018)