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Sharing CitiesA Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities$
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Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029728

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029728.001.0001

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Sharing Consumption: The City as Platform

Sharing Consumption: The City as Platform

(p.27) Sharing Consumption: The City as Platform
Sharing Cities

Duncan McLaren

Julian Agyeman

The MIT Press

Chapter 1 examines the contemporary revival of sharing as collaborative consumption in mediated and particularly commercial forms, with examples from food sharing in particular. It reports surveys of sharing behaviors, highlighting the role of the Millennial demographic in the growth of the sharing economy. It examines the technical, environmental, economic and cultural drivers of the sharing revival, especially the transfer of norms from sharing on the internet to the real world. It explores the economic logics and disruption of sharing, outlines how incumbent businesses are responding to the sharing paradigm and begins to examine the risks and benefits of an intrusion of commercial sharing into the social realm.

Keywords:   collaborative consumption, mediated sharing, food-sharing, commercial sharing, internet norms, sharing economy, Seoul, socio-cultural sharing, co-production, co-governance

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