Economic or Social Capital? Uberisation as an Exemplification of the Rent Gap Theory on the Example of Poland

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Łukasz Drozda


The article is focused on the phenomenon of the so-called uberisation (uber economy) process, which combines technological innovations with precarious workforce management techniques in urban environment. The main aim of the paper is to describe and explain this problem in the perspective of the Neil Smith's rent gap theory on the examples of Airbnb and Uber internet platforms and to present their impact on Polish urban areas. The article uses source literature as well as public and commercial databases and reveals that the presence of global sharing economy platforms at the local level is to the existence of economic capital rather than social, even if very often it is perceived in the opposite way.

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Drozda, Łukasz. (2017). Economic or Social Capital? Uberisation as an Exemplification of the Rent Gap Theory on the Example of Poland. Warsaw Forum of Economic Sociology, 8(16), 75-85. Retrieved from

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