Collaborative Economy: Perspectives, Politics, Policies and Prospects

Dianne Dredge (Editor), Szilvia Gyimóthy (Editor)

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This book employs an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral lens to explore the collaborative dynamics that are currently disrupting, re-creating and transforming the production and consumption of tourism. House swapping, ridesharing, voluntourism, couchsurfing, dinner hosting, social enterprise and similar phenomena are among these collective innovations in tourism that are shaking the very bedrock of an industrial system that has been traditionally sustained along commercial value chains.
To date there has been very little investigation of these trends, which have been inspired by, amongst other things, de-industrialization processes and post-capitalist forms of production and consumption, postmaterialism, the rise of the third sector and collaborative governance. Addressing that gap, this book explores the character, depth and breadth of these disruptions, the creative opportunities for tourism that are emerging from them, and how governments are responding to these new challenges. In doing so, the book provides both theoretical and practical insights into the future of tourism in a world that is, paradoxically, becoming both increasingly collaborative and individualized.

Table of Contents


1.The collaborative economy and tourism
Dianne Dredge and Szilvia Gyimóthy

PART I - Theoretical explorations

2.Definitions and mapping the landscape in the collaborative economy
Szilvia Gyimóthy and Dianne Dredge

3.Business models of the collaborative economy
Szilvia Gyimóthy

4.Responsibility and care in the collaborative economy
Dianne Dredge

5.Networked cultures in the collaborative economy
Szilvia Gyimóthy

6.Policy and regulatory perspectives in the collaborative economy
Dianne Dredge

PART II - Disruptions, innovations and transformations

7.Regulating innovation in the collaborative economy: An examination of Airbnb’s early legal issues
Daniel Guttentag

8.Free walking tour enterprises in Europe: An evolutionary economic approach
Maria del Pilar Leal and L. Xavier Medina,

9.Cultural capitalism: Manipulation and control in Airbnb’s intersection with tourism
Michael O' Reganand Jaeyeon Choe

10.Sharing the new localities of tourism
Greg Richards

11.Collaborative economy and destination marketing organizations: A systems approach
Jonathan Day

12.Working within the Collaborative Tourist Economy: The complex crafting of work and meaning
Jane Widtfeldt Meged and Mathilde Dissing Christensen

PART - III Encounters and communities

13.Embedding social values in tourism management: Community currencies as laboratories of social entrepreneurship?
Rita Cannas

14.Improvising Economy: Everyday encounters and tourism consumption
Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson and Katrín Anna Lund

15.Community and connection: Exploring the outcomes of the collaborative economy through recreational vehicle use
Anne Hardy

16.Collaborative consumption in tourism in Latin America: The case of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia and Chile
Helene Balslev Clausen and Mario Alberto Velásquez

17.Peer-to-peer accommodation: Drivers and user profiles
Juho Pesonen and Iis Tussadiyah

PART IV - Futures

18.New frontiers in collaborative economy research in tourism
Dianne Dredge and Szilvia Gyimóthy
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages323
ISBN (Print)9783319517971
ISBN (Electronic)9783319517995
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes
SeriesSpringer Tourism on the Verge

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