Making things available: Ownership as an incarnation of our relationship with the world

Outline

The project is based on the insight that ownership plays an important role in the establishment and reproduction of our understanding of things, society and ourselves. It applies qualitative and empirical methods to various practices of the sharing economy to examine whether new forms of ownership and alternative concepts alter that understanding.

Assuming a hybrid field with ‘old’ and ‘new’ practices and following a sociology of our relationship to the world, the researchers aim to determine the transformational and reproductive potential inherent to forms of and alternatives to ownership.

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