1st Edition

Sharing Economies in Times of Crisis Practices, Politics and Possibilities

Edited By Anthony Ince, Sarah Marie Hall Copyright 2018
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The ‘new sharing economy’ is a growing phenomenon across the Global North. It claims to transform relationships of production and consumption in a way that can improve our lives, reduce environmental impacts, and reduce the cost of living. Amidst various economic, environmental, and other crises, this message has strong resonance. Yet, it is not without controversy, and there have been heated debates over negative dimensions for workers and consumers alike. This book stretches far beyond the sharing economy as it is popularly defined, and explores the complex intersections of ‘sharing’ and ‘the economy’, and how a better understanding of these relationships might help us address the multiple crises that confront contemporary societies.

    The contributors to this book explore a wide diversity of sharing systems and practices from various empirical case studies, ranging from hospitality to seed-swapping, and from indigenous land rights to alcohol consumption. In each chapter, a different crisis or vulnerability frames and shapes the study, allowing contributors to unpick the ways in which crisis and sharing relate to each other in real life. The book is divided into three thematic sections. Following an extended introduction to the themes and ideas of the book by the editors, the first section foregrounds the shaping of sharing practices by already existing or anticipated crises. The second section focuses on the lived relations between sharing and economic practice. In the third section, authors conclude the book by exploring the possibilities and challenges for creating alternative economic forms grounded in practices of sharing.

    This edited volume makes a major, original contribution towards academic understandings of sharing economies in the context of crises. It is suitable for both students and academics who are interested in political economy, economic geography and consumption.


    By Clive Barnett

    Chapter 1. Introduction: Sharing Economies in Times of Crisis

    By Sarah Marie Hall and Anthony Ince

    Part 1: Sharing In and Through Crisis

    Chapter 2. ‘It feels connected in so many ways’: circulating seeds and sharing garden produce

    By Laura Pottinger

    Chapter 3. Malleable homes and mutual possessions: caring and sharing in extended family households as a resource for survival

    By Chris Gibson, Natascha Klocker, Erin Borger and Sophie-May Kerr

    Chapter 4. Reciprocity in Uncertain Times: Negotiating Giving and Receiving Across Time and Place Among Older New Zealanders

    By Juliana Mansvelt

    Chapter 5. Relationships, reciprocity and care: alcohol, sharing and ‘urban crisis’

    By Mark Jayne, Gill Valentine and Sarah L. Holloway

    Part 2: Sharing, the Economy and Sharing Economies

    Chapter 6. Home for Hire: How the sharing economy commoditises our private sphere

    By Paula Bialski

    Chapter 7. ‘Hand-me-down’ Childrenswear and the Middle-class Economy of Nearly New Sales

    By Emma Waight

    Chapter 8. Franchising the disenfranchised? The paradoxical spaces of food banks

    By Nicola Livingstone

    Chapter 9. Shared Moments of Sociality: Embedded Sharing within Peer-to-Peer Hospitality Platforms

    By Katharina Hellwig, Russell Belk and Felicitas Morhart

    Part 3: Alternative Sharingscapes

    Chapter 10. Swimming against the tide: collaborative housing and practices of sharing

    By Lucy Sargisson

    Chapter 11. Just Enough to Survive: Economic citizenship in the context of Indigenous land claims

    By Nicole Gombay

    Chapter 12. Crisis


    Anthony Ince is Lecturer in Human Geography at Cardiff University, UK. His primary research interests concern the everyday spatialities of political agency in relation to wider-scale social and economic processes. Previous and current research includes radical social movements, local labour market change and non-financial economies.

    Sarah Marie Hall is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research sits in the broad field of geographical feminist political economy: understanding how socio-economic processes are shaped by gender relations, lived experience and social difference.