Unboxing the Sharing Economy

The Sociological Review is thrilled to be launching the first of their 2018 monographs, Unboxing the Sharing Economy, edited by Davide Arcidiacono (Universita Cattolica, Milan), Alessandro Gandini (King’s College, London) and Ivana Pais (Universita Cattolica, Milan). For over fifty years, our monograph series has showcased the best and most innovative sociologically informed work, producing intellectually stimulating volumes that promote emerging and established academics. Unboxing the Sharing Economy continues this trend, exploring the sociological significance and implications of the rise in digitally-enabled ‘sharing’ practices, which are currently widespread from the Western economy to the Global South.

The idea of a rising “sharing economy” is currently a hot topic in the international debate The monograph brings together a selection of contributions that help identify the analytical categories and indicators needed to interpret this phenomenon from a sociological perspective on a global scale. Through a collection of original empirical research on this topic, from Western and non-Western contexts, by both established and junior scholars, it makes a pivotal contribution to the study of what themes, methods and issues characterise the rise of “sharing” as a socio-economic model and a new frontier of sociological research; what kind of positive innovations and possible criticalities this socio-economic model might bring; whether “sharing” represents an alternative to capitalism, or an example of its transformation.

The event will include discussion with the guest editors and some of the authors who contributed to the Monograph, in conversation with discussants Prof Steve Brown (Open University), and others (TBC).

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