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Chapter 3 Understanding the Sharing Economy

DOI: 10.23912/9781915097064-5102

ISBN: 9781915097064

Published: April 2022

Component type: chapter

Published in: The Sharing Economy and the Tourism Industry

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781915097064-4970



Understanding the sharing economy requires a knowledge of the definitions, concepts, and theories that help us to understand how they work. ÔÇśSharing economyÔÇÖ, ÔÇśpeer-to-peer economyÔÇÖ, ÔÇścollaborative consumptionÔÇÖ, ÔÇśgig economyÔÇÖ, and ÔÇścollaborative economyÔÇÖ are among the terms used in the academic and business world to name a new economic and socio-cultural phenomenon (Dolnicar, 2021, Aloni, 2016: 1398). Some others emphasise that it is an ÔÇśaccess economyÔÇÖ in which companies act as intermediaries between customers (Buhalis et al., 2020), rather than a form of ÔÇśsharingÔÇÖ, which is social exchange between people who know each other (Eckhardt & Bardhi, 2015). Controversy continues about this matter, and academics are still discussing which name is more appropriate. For example, there are some differences between a collaborative economy, introduced by Botsman and Rogers (2011), and sharing economy. ÔÇśCollaborationÔÇÖ implies a more communal framework, whereas ÔÇśsharingÔÇÖ implies relying on solidarity. Ravenelle (2017) stated that it is not ÔÇśsharingÔÇÖ, but it ÔÇśsellingÔÇÖ. These terms are used for the phenomenon in the literature (G├╝l and Zeki, 2017: 2), and the ÔÇśsharing economyÔÇÖ is one of the most common among them. This chapter follows Sundararajan (2016: 27) and continues with the term ÔÇśsharing economyÔÇÖ to maximize the number of people who are familiar with our topic.

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G├╝l, ─. (2022) "Chapter 3 Understanding the Sharing Economy" In: Taheri, B., Rahimi, R. & Buhalis, D. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781915097064-5102


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