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Mapping the Sharing Economy in China

Department of Sociology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430000, China
Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Department of Social Work, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Department of Labor and Social Security, Anhui University of Technology, Maanshan 243000, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6333;
Received: 18 June 2020 / Revised: 17 July 2020 / Accepted: 4 August 2020 / Published: 6 August 2020
Harnessing the rapid development of mobile internet technology, the sharing economy has experienced unprecedented growth in the global economy, especially in China. Likely due to its increasing popularity, more and more businesses have adopted this label in China. There is a concern as to the essential meaning of the sharing economy. As it is difficult to have a universally accepted definition, we aim to map the sharing economy and demystify the use of it in China in this paper. We propose seven organizing essential elements of the sharing economy: access use rights instead of ownership, idle capacity, short term, peer-to-peer, Internet platforms mediated, for monetary profit, and shared value orientation. By satisfying all or only parts of these elements, we propose one typology of sharing economy, and to differentiate bona fide sharing economy from quasi- and pseudo-sharing economy. Finally, there are still many problems that need to be solved urgently in the real sharing economy from the perspective of the government, companies and individuals. View Full-Text
Keywords: sharing economy; sharing; typologies; China sharing economy; sharing; typologies; China
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Liu, C.; Chan, R.K.H.; Wang, M.; Yang, Z. Mapping the Sharing Economy in China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6333.

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