Definitions and Mapping the Landscape in the Collaborative Economy

Szilvia Gyimóthy, Dianne Dredge

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This chapter examines definitions of the collaborative economy and maps out the landscape of collaborative economy in tourism. We cast a wide inclusive net, acknowledging that the collaborative economy is found in the intersection of two words: “collaborative” and “economy”. Any attempt to narrow its definition to digitally-mediated, monetised transactions limits the potential understandings that we may develop about this phenomenon. We argue that the collaborative economy involves collaboration through which there is an exchange of resources, assets or services. By corollary, researchers should pay attention to the properties of that exchange, the relational qualities of the actors directly and indirectly involved, and the social, economic, political and environmental factors that influence that exchange.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaborative Economy and Tourism : Perspectives, Prospects, Politics, Policies and Prospects
EditorsDianne Dredge, Szilvia Gyimóthy
Number of pages16
Publication date12 Jun 2017
ISBN (Print)9783319517971
ISBN (Electronic)9783319517995
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes
SeriesSpringer Tourism on the Verge

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