Getting Sharing Right (forthcoming)

BY: Juliet Schor

“Getting Sharing Right,” Contexts, forthcoming 2015 (Juliet B. Schor)

Debating the Sharing Economy

BY: Juliet Schor

The “sharing economy” has attracted a great deal of attention in recent months. Platforms such as Airbnb and Uber are experiencing explosive growth, which, in turn, has led to regulatory and political battles. Boosters claim the new technologies will yield utopian outcomes—empowerment of ordinary people, efficiency, and even lower carbon footprints. Critics denounce them for […]

New Cultures of Consumption in a Boston Time Bank

BY: Emilie Dubois, Juliet Schor, and Lindsey Carfagna

“New Cultures of Consumption in a Boston Time Bank,” in Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy, Juliet B. Schor and Craig J. Thompson, (New Haven: Yale University Press), (Emilie Dubois, Juliet B. Schor and Lindsey B. Carfagna), 2014, pp. 95-124. (excerpted in Rotman Magazine, available as case write-up: […]

Collaborating and Connecting: The Emergence of a Sharing Economy

BY: Juliet B. Schor and Connor J. Fitzmaurice

While sharing is a longstanding form of exchange, new forms of sharing have emerged. What is innovative about today’s sharing is that it is a market form in which strangers—rather than kin and communities—exchange goods and services. The contemporary sharing economy creates new ways of provisioning goods and services and opportunities for what we have […]

An emerging eco-habitus: the reconfiguration of high cultural capital practices among ethical consumers

BY: Lindsey B Carfagna, Emilie A Dubois, Connor Fitzmaurice, Monique Y Ouimette, Juliet B Schor, Margaret Willis and Thomas Laidley

Bourdieu’s concept of habitus describes a set of tastes and dispositions operating according to a class homology – for example, a working-class preference for utility, or a bourgeois orientation toward luxury. In the United States, Holt found that high cultural capital consumers were characterized by their cosmopolitanism, idealism, connoisseurship, and affinity for the exotic and […]

Paradoxes of Openness and Distinction in the Sharing Economy

BY: Juliet B. Schor, Connor Fitzmaurice, Lindsey B. Carfagna, and William Attwood-Charles

The relational approach in economic sociology has been applied to what Viviana Zelizer has termed “circuits of commerce,” which are economic structures that are distinct from firms, markets, and networks. (Zelizer 2010: 304). While there is a growing literature on circuits, the ways in which inequality affects circuits has not been explored. We look at […]

From Fast Fashion to Connected Consumption: Slowing Down the Spending Treadmill

BY: Juliet Schor

Juliet B. Schor, “From Fast Fashion to Connected Consumption: Slowing Down the Spending Treadmill,” in Culture of the Slow: Social Deceleration in an Accelerated World, ed., Nick Osbaldiston (Basingstoke,UK: Palgrave Macmillan), 2013.

Youth filmmaking and ‘justice-oriented citizenship’

BY: Alicia Blum-Ross

This paper explores the different discourses of ‘citizenship’ that emerged within a youth filmmaking project for young British Muslims. The author demonstrates how project funders and organizers propose different versions of citizenship to those privileged by the young participants. The paper considers particular technical, creative and social affordances of filmmaking so as to examine whether these different visions are able to be reconciled.

Children, internet, pornography – An explosive mix of words

BY: Sonia Livingstone

Parents are anxious and newspaper headlines scream about a porn-addicted generation. None of this helps to understand what is really going on – especially when many parents feel out of their depth dealing with new and complex technologies that didn’t exist when they were growing up. Having spoken to thousands of parents and children for the EU Kids Online studies, Sonia Livingstone discusses some of those growing concerns.

“It made our eyes get bigger”: Youth filmmaking and place-making in East London

BY: Alicia Blum-Ross

This paper draws on two years of ethnographic research in London and describes how participatory youth filmmaking projects act as a deliberate intervention into young people’s experiences of place and space. The author discusses how filmmaking mediates young people’s experiences and invites them to experience a heightened perceptual attention to their surroundings by creating new forms of “sensing place.”

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