This book examines the economy of sharing in a variety of social and political contexts around the world, with consideration given to the role of sharing in relation to social order and social change, political power, group formation, individual networks and concepts of personhood. Widlok advocates a refreshingly broad comparative approach to our understanding of sharing, with a rich range of material from hunter-gatherer ethnography alongside debates and empirical illustrations from globalized society, helping students to avoid Western economic bias in their thinking. Anthropology and the Economy of Sharing  also demonstrates that sharing is distinct from gift-giving, exchange and reciprocity, which have become dominant themes in economic anthropology, and suggests that a new focus on sharing will have significant repercussions for anthropological theory. Breaking new ground in this key topic, this volume provides students with a coherent and accessible overview of the economy of sharing from an anthropological perspective.

chapter 1|29 pages

This is not a gift

chapter 2|29 pages

Sharing the prey: Evolutionary assumptions

chapter 3|30 pages

The ethnography of sharing demand

chapter 4|24 pages

The things we share

chapter 5|23 pages

It is a shareholder’s world

chapter 6|27 pages

Introducing the sharing economy

chapter 7|24 pages

The time to share