Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2015 Lauren F Phipps
This thesis contrasts a “real” sharing economy with the commonly held understanding of this new mode of exchange. By examining the lived experiences within a successful example of sharing, we can see its true value and acknowledge where other businesses fall short. Based on in-depth interviews with users of freecycle.org, this thesis illustrates the importance of motivation within a real sharing economy, highlighting the existence of generalized reciprocity, the value of community, and altruism between members of this gifting platform.
Phipps, Lauren F., "“A Give and A Take”: Lived Experiences in a Real Sharing Economy" (2015). Pitzer Senior Theses. 61.