• After the Gig

    by Juliet Schor, William Attwood-Charles, Mehmet Cansoy
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    After the Gig
September 11, 2020

Juliet B. Schor

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes JULIET B. SCHOR—professor of sociology at Boston College and author of the bestselling book The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure—for a discussion of her latest book, After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win It BackShe will be joined in conversation by VEENA DUBAL, Professor of Law at the University of California's Hastings College of Law.


When the “sharing economy” launched a decade ago, proponents claimed that it would transform the experience of work—giving earners flexibility, autonomy, and a decent income. It was touted as a cure for social isolation and rampant ecological degradation. But this novel form of gig work soon sprouted a dark side: exploited Uber drivers, neighborhoods ruined by Airbnb, racial discrimination, and rising carbon emissions. Several of the most prominent platforms are now faced with existential crises as they prioritize growth over fairness and long-term viability.

Nevertheless, the basic model—a peer-to-peer structure augmented by digital tech—holds the potential to meet its original promises. Based on nearly a decade of pioneering research, After the Gig dives into what went wrong along the way to this contemporary reimagining of labor. The book examines multiple types of data from thirteen cases to identify the unique features and potential of sharing platforms that prior research has failed to identify. Juliet B. Schor presents a compelling case that we can engineer a reboot: through regulatory reforms and cooperative platforms owned and controlled by users, an equitable and actual sharing economy is still possible.

About Author(s)

Juliet B. Schor is an economist and sociologist, and a New York Times bestselling author. She teaches at Boston College and cochairs the board of directors of the Better Future Project.

Professor Veena Dubal is an award-winning scholar whose research focuses on the intersection of law, technology, and precarious work. Within this broad frame, she uses empirical methodologies and critical theory to understand (1) the impact of digital technologies and emerging legal frameworks on the lives of workers, (2) the co-constitutive influences of law and work on identity, and (3) the role of law and lawyers in solidarity movements. Complementing her academic scholarship, Professor Dubal’s writing has also been published in The Los Angeles TimesThe Guardian, and Slate.