Availability Cascades and the Sharing Economy: A Critique of Sharing Economy Narratives

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    Abstrakt

    As scholars search for a new concept that will provide answers on how modern societies should make sense of and resolve the social and environmental problems linked to our modes of production and consumption, the sharing economy is attracting increased attention. To better understand this emergent focus on a sharing economy and associated business and consumption models, this conceptual chapter applies cascade theory to some of the most pronounced narratives , suggesting a win-win scenario, especially as they relate to the claim of sustainability. Given academics, practitioners, and civil society’s shared history of (too) rapidly embracing new concepts that enable both business opportunities and a clear conscience, this chapter proposes that the implications of the sharing economy should be critically explored before it is actively promoted as the latest best fix.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelSustainable Consumption : Design, Innovation and Practice
    RedaktørerAudley Genus
    Udgivelses stedCham
    ForlagSpringer Science+Business Media
    Publikationsdato2016
    Sider65-82
    Kapitel5
    ISBN (Trykt)9783319296630
    ISBN (Elektronisk)9783319296654
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2016
    NavnThe Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science
    Vol/bind3
    ISSN2367-4024

    Emneord

    • Availability cascades
    • Availability entrepreneurs
    • Cascade theory
    • Sharing economy

    Citationsformater

    Netter, S. (2016). Availability Cascades and the Sharing Economy: A Critique of Sharing Economy Narratives. I A. Genus (red.), Sustainable Consumption: Design, Innovation and Practice (s. 65-82). Cham: Springer Science+Business Media. The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science, Bind. 3 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29665-4_5