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A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy

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A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy

9781789909555 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Thomas Sigler, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Jonathan Corcoran, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 955 5 Extent: 336 pp
Providing a comprehensive overview of the urban sharing economy, this Modern Guide takes a forward-looking perspective on how sharing goods and services may facilitate future sustainability of consumption and production. It highlights recent developments and issues, with cutting-edge discussions from leading international scholars in business, engineering, environmental management, geography, law, planning, sociology and transport studies.

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Providing a comprehensive overview of the urban sharing economy, this Modern Guide takes a forward-looking perspective on how sharing goods and services may facilitate future sustainability of consumption and production. It highlights recent developments and issues, with cutting-edge discussions from leading international scholars in business, engineering, environmental management, geography, law, planning, sociology and transport studies.
 
A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy begins with basic concepts and definitions, providing broad context with a focus on shifting service modalities, regulatory frameworks, and a historical overview of how sharing came to be a staple feature of the economies of contemporary cities. The second section focusses on shared mobility, with a particular lens on micromobility, parking, ride-hailing, car-sharing and ride-sharing. The third section focusses on shared space, including coworking office spaces and short-term rentals, as well as shared goods and services, including streaming music services, clothing rental services, food sharing and tool libraries. The book concludes by outlining the key ethical challenges that face the sharing economy.
 
Real-world case studies are presented from authors in more than a dozen countries, making this a helpful and invigorating read for scholars of the sharing economy, urban studies and sustainable development. A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy is likely to also be of interest to those studying urban planning, human geography, and other disciplines focussing on the future of planetary urbanisation.
Critical Acclaim
‘Spanning multiple disciplines and continents, A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy documents how sharing platforms transform mobility, space and our relationship with things. How platforms are regulated will determine whether “sharing” delivers community, prosperity and sustainability; or exclusion, precarity and hyper-extraction. Regulation requires a map. Here it is.’
– Matthew David, Durham University, UK

‘Sharing began in the family and community and has been critical to human survival. Some of this ethos remains, despite monetization of many of our sharable resources. What are the broad effects of “a sharing app life”? This guide brings together a wonderfully diverse set of minds to offer answers.’
– Russell W. Belk, York University, Canada
Contributors
Contributors include: Pia A. Albinsson, Ana María Arbeláez Vélez, Carlos Baez, Sabrina Chakori, Adam Cohen, Jonathan Corcoran, Nestor M. Davidson, Anna R. Davies, Kevin Dunn, Andrea Geissinger, Merlyn Griffiths, Shane Hopkinson, John J. Infranca, Fengjun Jin, Onat Kibaroglu, Anthony Kimpton, Eric Knight, Sirat Mahmuda, Grant McKenzie, Agnes Katharina Müller, Shirley Nieuwland, Kirsi Niinimäki, Raphaël Nowak, Oliver O’Brien, Christina Öberg, Louise Pelgander, B. Yasanthi Perera, Awais Piracha, Andrius Plepys, Dorina Pojani, Luis del Romero Renau, Susan Shaheen, Rachel Sharples, Thomas Sigler, Neil Sipe, Petter Törnberg, Kentaro Toyama

Contents
Contents:

PART I INTRODUCTION
1 Introduction to A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy 2
Thomas Sigler and Jonathan Corcoran

PART II UNDERSTANDING THE SHARING ECONOMY
2 What is the sharing economy? Origins and precedents 12
Sirat Mahmuda, Thomas Sigler, Jonathan Corcoran and Eric Knight
3 Regulating the urban sharing economy 28
Nestor M. Davidson and John J. Infranca
4 The identity crisis of ‘sharing’: from the co-op economy to
the urban sharing economy phenomenon 41
Andrea Geissinger, Louise Pelgander and Christina Öberg
5 Overcoming scarcity through efficient consumption:
innovative sharing initiatives 56
Pia A. Albinsson, B. Yasanthi Perera and Merlyn A. Griffiths

PART III SHARING SPACES AND PLACES
6 Short-term rental platforms: home-sharing or sharewashed
neoliberalism? 73
Petter Törnberg
7 Parking policy and bay-sharing for unmooring
automobility from cities 88
Anthony Kimpton, Dorina Pojani, Neil Sipe and Jonathan Corcoran
8 The impact and regulatory issues of Airbnb in a mid-sized
city: Valencia (Spain) 104
Shirley Nieuwland and Luis del Romero Renau
9 Sharing office spaces: coworking spaces from grassroots
initiatives to globalised shared-office companies 120
Agnes Katharina Müller

PART IV SHARING TRANSPORT
10 Bicycle sharing in cities 138
Oliver O’Brien
11 Bike-sharing and ride-hailing in Chinese cities 152
Fengjun Jin
12 Shared micromobility: policy and practices in the United States 167
Susan Shaheen and Adam Cohen
13 Street smart technology: Gojek as urban infrastructure 182
Onat Kibaroglu

PART V SHARING THINGS
14 A spatiotemporal approach to micromobility 197
Grant McKenzie and Carlos Baez
15 Urban food sharing 211
Anna R. Davies
16 The environmental implications of car-sharing 225
Andrius Plepys and Ana María Arbeláez Vélez
17 The role of tool libraries in the new economy: sharing in
an economic degrowth society 239
Sabrina Chakori and Shane Hopkinson
18 Clothes sharing in cities: the case of fashion leasing 256
Kirsi Niinimäki
19 The intricate relationship between music and the sharing economy 269
Raphaël Nowak

PART VI CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
20 Discrimination in the urban sharing economy 284
Awais Piracha, Rachel Sharples and Kevin Dunn
21 The sharing economy or the erring economy? How the
law of amplification brings out the best and the worst in
platform-based technologies 298
Kentaro Toyama

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