Contemporary Collaborative Consumption

Trust and Reciprocity Revisited

  • Isabel  Cruz
  • Rafaela Ganga
  • Stefan Wahlen

Part of the Kritische Verbraucherforschung book series (KV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Isabel Cruz, Rafaela Ganga, Stefan Wahlen
    Pages 1-15
  3. Mikko Laamanen, Marcos Barros, Gazi Islam
    Pages 35-56
  4. Francesca Setiffi, Gian Paolo Lazzer
    Pages 77-96
  5. Ariela Mortara, Geraldina Roberti
    Pages 97-129
  6. Ingun Grimstad Klepp, Kirsi Laitala
    Pages 153-177
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 179-182

About this book


This book provides critical perspectives on contemporary collaborative consumption, a recent societal phenomenon shaking up previously fixed socio-economic categories such as the producer and the consumer. The contributors discuss the role of trust and reciprocity in collaborative consumption through seven case studies. The chapters advance debates on the contradictions of positioning collaborative consumption as possible solutions for a more sustainable development and exacerbating new forms of inequalities and injustice. The book contributes a nuanced appraisal of social and economic activity for reflecting socio-technological changes in contemporary societies.


Reciprocity in the sharing economy: the case for time banking platforms • Collective representation on collaborative economy platforms • “Foodsharing”: Reflecting on individualized collective action in a collaborative consumption community organization • Riding free-riders? A study of the phenomenon of BlaBlaCar in Italy • The sharing economy and young people: an exploratory research project • Collaborative consumption and trust-building processes in the emerging new food economy • Shared use and owning of clothes: borrow, steal or inherit


The Editors

Isabel Cruz, Institute of Sociology at the Faculty of Letters at the University of Porto.

Rafaela Ganga, Research Associate at the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.

Stefan Wahlen, Assistant Professor for "Consumption Governance" at the Sociology of Consumption and Households group at Wageningen University.



consumer research trust sociology of consumption sharing economy reciprocity sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Isabel  Cruz
    • 1
  • Rafaela Ganga
    • 2
  • Stefan Wahlen
    • 3
  1. 1.MatosinhosPortugal
  2. 2.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Wageningen University WageningenThe Netherlands

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