The so-called sharing economy produces liminal experiences of intimacy letting people be exposed to practices and places inside the home with strangers (like cooking for paying guests or renting one’s own flat for a few days) or outside on the car, sharing trips and costs with strangers. On the basis of a pilot study carried out in Milan (Italy), the article discusses how these goings on change the feeling and the practice of intimacy and how they can be understood as fragments of “artificial sociability” in a simmelian sense. The explorative analysis is aimed at outlining inquiry questions to be operationalized in further research programs.
- intimacy, sociability, sharing practices, Simmel, Price
- intimità, socievolezza, pratiche collaborative, Simmel, Price