The Handbook of Diverse Economies
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The Handbook of Diverse Economies

Edited by J. K. Gibson-Graham and Kelly Dombroski

Economic diversity abounds in a more-than-capitalist world, from worker-recuperated cooperatives and anti-mafia social enterprises to caring labour and the work of Earth Others, from fair trade and social procurement to community land trusts, free universities and Islamic finance. The Handbook of Diverse Economies presents research that inventories economic difference as a prelude to building ethical ways of living on our dangerously degraded planet. With contributing authors from twenty countries, it presents new thinking around subjectivity and methodology as strategies for making other worlds possible.
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Chapter 29: Sharing cities: new urban imaginaries for diverse economies

Darren Sharp


This chapter explores the sharing city as a new imaginary of urban transformation that creates alternative visions and practices for more diverse forms of organization and distributive mechanisms that challenge the dominant capitalocentric reading of the economy. The diverse economy framework is utilized as a heuristic device to interpret how sharing cities enrol alternative market and non-market 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 postcapitalist 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.

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