Juliet B. Schor
Author and Sociology Professor at Boston College
The Sharing Economy and Sustainable Consumption?
The sharing economy was launched in the late 2000s with the promise that it would bring lower eco and carbon footprints. Consumers would share rides, tools, lodging, and food. Majorities of Americans believed the promise, which lent a “green halo” to the sector. A decade later, it’s clear that the biggest platforms, such as Airbnb and Uber, have had negative impacts on carbon footprints, by inducing private transport and additional travel. But what about more genuine forms of sharing? If consumers did deploy resources more efficiently and act in more generous ways to others, can that be a foundation for sustainability? In this talk, Dr. Schor will report on a decade of research on the “sharing economy,” including both the large, corporate platforms and smaller community initiatives, and their implications for energy and climate.
Juliet B. Schor is a Sociology Professor at Boston College. She has studied trends in working time, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women’s issues and economic inequality, and concerns about climate change in the environment. She is the author of:
The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, Basic Books (1992)
Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century, (1995, 1999)
The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need, (1999)
Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture, (2005)
Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, Penguin Press (2010)
Toward a Plenitude Economy (2015)
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