Sharing cities: new urban imaginaries for diverse economies

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This chapter explores the sharing city as a new imaginary of urban transformation that creates alternative visions and practices for more diverse forms of organisation and distributive mechanisms that challenge the dominant capitalocentric reading of the economy. The diverse economy framework is utilised as a heuristic device to interpret how sharing cities enrol alternative market and nonmarket transactions, paid and unpaid labour, reciprocal modes of exchange and commoning practices to create new transformation pathways that reframe the context of urban experimentation. Cases of transformational sharing demonstrate how new urban imaginaries create opportunity contexts that support grassroots agency through local sustainability initiatives, peer production communities and forms of post-capitalist entrepreneurship. This chapter reveals how new urban imaginaries reframe experimentation and create a wider role for grassroots actors and alternative practices outside of the mainstream economy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Diverse Economies
EditorsJ.K. Gibson-Graham, Kelly Dombroski
Place of PublicationCheltenham UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781788119962
ISBN (Print)9781788119955
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • sharing economy
  • urban experimentation
  • cities
  • commons
  • grassroots innovation
  • community economies

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