TONETTA, MARTA
ON SQUEEZING.ITALIAN URBAN MIDDLE CLASSES, SHORT-TERM RENTALS AND RENT-EXTRACTION UNDER PLATFORM CAPITALISM [Tesi di dottorato]
Università degli Studi di Milano, 2020-03-26

Under the umbrella term of what can be labelled "platform capitalism", short-term rentals are playing a new and controversial role in cities worldwide. They can be considered drivers and markers of urban and social change. The research project posits its theoretical foundations on an inter-disciplinary approach. It seeks to provide new understandings of the topic by following the viewpoint entry of the suppliers, renting properties through Airbnb and similar digital architectures. In particular, in light of the stress on labor market, income compression and a financial crisis that seemingly is still ongoing, the current work elaborates on the idea that middle class households are capitalising homes and rooms in order to sustain socio-economic stability and consumption habits by extracting value from their main source of wealth. Despite its theoretical and pragmatical relevance, the topic remains as of yet under researched in the academia, but becomes particularly interesting for southern European nations. What happens, for example, in a context like Italy where the housing system is characterized by the primacy of home-ownership and a huge stock of secondary homes, but where this is also a high rate of unemployment and scarce incomes? Drawing on qualitative research techniques and a two-sited fieldwork, this doctoral dissertation sets out to provide an account of the emerging patterns of rent extraction among middle class individuals and families in two urban settings: Milan and Naples.

diritti: info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess
In relazione con info:eu-repo/semantics/altIdentifier/hdl/2434/724155
SEMI, GIOVANNI
supervisor: G. Semi ; co-supervisor: R. Sassatelli ; director of doctoral program: M. Barisione
BARISIONE, MAURO
Settore SPS/07 - - Sociologia Generale


Tesi di dottorato. | Lingua: Inglese. | Paese: | BID: TD20012517