The digital collaborative economy is one of the most fascinating developments to have claimed our attention in the last decade. Not only does it defy clear definition, but its historical links back to non-monetised sharing and gift economies and its contemporary foundations in monetising idling or spare capacity make it difficult to theorise. In this chapter, we lay the foundation for a social science approach to the exploration of the collaborative economy and its relationship with tourism. We argue that “collaborative” and “economy” should be conceptualised in a broad and inclusive manner in order to avoid narrow theorisations and blinkered accounts that focus only on digitally-mediated, monetised transactions. A balance between individual and collective dimensions of the collaborative economy is also necessary if we are to understand its societal implications.
|Title of host publication||Collaborative Economy and Tourism : Perspectives, Politics, Policies and Prospects|
|Editors||Dianne Dredge, Szilvia Gyimóthy|
|Number of pages||12|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Publication date||12 Jun 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Jun 2017|
|Series||Springer Tourism on the Verge|