Quotation Gruszka, Katarzyna. 2016. Framing the Collaborative Economy.


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Within the context of multiple crises and change, a range of practices discussed under the umbrella term of collaborative (or sharing) economy have been gaining considerable attention. Supporters build an idealistic vision of collaborative societies. Critics have been stripping the concept of its visionary potential, questioning its revolutionary nature. In the study, these debates are brought down to the local level in search for common perceptions among the co-creators of the concept in Vienna, Austria. Towards this aim a Q study is conducted, i.e. a mixed method enabling analyses of subjective perceptions on socially contested topics. Four voices are identified: True Believers, Market Optimists, Dedicated Critics, and Healthy Sceptics, each bringing their values, visions, and practical goals characteristic of different understanding of the collaborative economy. The study questions the need for building a globally-applicable definition of the concept, calls for more contextsensitivity, and the need for further exploratory approaches.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Framing the Collaborative Economy
Year 2016
URL http://epub.wu.ac.at/4911/

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Gruszka, Katarzyna (Details)
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Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
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