Davide Arcidiacono

Davide Arcidiacono
University of Catania | UNICT · Department of Political and Social Sciences

Assistant Professor in Economic Sociology (University of Catania), Phd in Sociology and Social Research Methods

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The concept of community remains crucial in social sciences and organizational analysis. In recent years, the concept of community has become a sort of buzzword, in particular, with the rise of the so-called sharing and platform economy. This contribution asks what kinds of communities are enabled by collaborative platforms and how power is practic...
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The platform economy represents a new phase in the transformation of the organization and regulation of work, characterized by an increasing tendency to generate non-standard and flexible job that continue to stay outside the traditional forms of identification, protection and contractualization of labor. The aim of our analysis is to evaluate the...
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Criticism of platforms that do not adhere to the democratic principles outlined above has led to the emergence of an alternative proposition, known as “platform cooperativism”: worker-owned cooperatives based on open-source technologies, which respect ethical working conditions and redistribute to the users the value they have created. The cooperat...
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Nel nostro articolo viene affrontato il tema della digital competence con particolare riferimento alla peculiare condizione di debolezza delle Piccole e medie imprese (PMI) italiane nella transizione digitale, mettendo in relazione lo sviluppo di competenze digitali con i divari di sviluppo nel Paese. A oggi, il digital divide italiano è stato ogge...
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The aim of this special issue is to explore emergent phenomena in the agri-food sector through the lens of prosumption, in order to highlight its heuristic value in identifying new and emerging trends in the field, especially focusing on the interplay between social and economic relations. This introduction explores the theoretical foundations of t...
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The paper develops a systematic reflection about the future of smart cites at the time of Covid-19, starting from an original periodization about the evolution of the concept of smartness, declined through a four fold analytical tool (technological, human-social, institutional and spatial-environmental dimensions). Focusing on the role of smart cit...
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The article examines job satisfaction in 21 Italian call centres. The results of research carried out on 1715 handlers indicate how dissatisfaction prevails among call centre representatives (CCRs) and how it is influenced by aspects related to some organisational characteristics (service delivered, size and organisational typology), on one side, a...
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The pervasiveness of the digital ecosystem reconfigures the organization of work. The new industrial revolution is increasingly based on the platform as a new productive paradigm. Platforms are more than a technical device and they produce huge effects in the labour market: lowering access credentials and empowering casualization of work, dis/re-in...
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La mercantilización del sector de la comida y la creciente importancia de los minoristas de masas han creado una cadena de suministro desequilibrada donde, sobre todo, los pequeños productores y los consumidores son más débiles. En contra de este escenario, en los últimos veinte años la agricultura y los mercados de proximidad se han ido situando c...
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The role of consumers in the division of labour is rarely acknowledged in theories of work/production, despite the fact that the work of consumers is highly relevant and can take various forms (paid/unpaid; formal/informal; autonomous/dependent). Fuchs (1968) showed that the consumer could be treated as a factor of production similar to waged labou...
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The food market is experiencing a period of deep tensions between farmers, food companies, and retailers across the world. This is particularly true in Italy, a Mediterranean country with a strong agricultural tradition and a great interest in the food market. The largest market weight in terms of food retail in Italy is held by national chains lin...
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The chapter is focused on the issue of Time banking and its transition towards digital time deals within the sharing economy paradigm. Time banks usually include an important social and emotional component and are oriented towards the (re)construction of a community in a specific territory, but in the new era of sharing 2.0, the time banks go onlin...
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In a moment when city rethinks mobility and users redefine urban transport practices, car sharing takes on a strategic function. However, the ability to develop a shared mobility encounters different resistances—cultural, social and economic—that need to be considered for a truly effective service design. The chapter analyzes the case study of the...
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The sharing economy has spread since 2004, but it is only in recent years that consultants and academics have started doing empirical research. The first evidences—even amid still contradictory results—show a common finding: while sharing platforms aimed their communication on the values of sociability and sustainability, consumers use more often t...
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Data constitute both a form of power, through which people and territory are regulated, and a valuable economic asset for improving the efficiency of markets in the knowledge economy. Therefore, there are two different conceptions of data: as a commodity to be exploited through market-oriented value extraction processes; or as a commons, a free and...
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This essay introduces the subject and interpretative perspective of the monograph ‘Unboxing the Sharing Economy’, and is divided into three parts. The first part illustrates the evolution of the concept of the ‘sharing economy’ and the main analytical implications. The second part outlines the key findings of a systematic review of the literature,...
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This brief, conclusive essay outlines the challenges that lie ahead of sociology as a discipline in its approach towards the ‘sharing economy’ and its emergent practices. Using the research displayed in the monograph, we offer a set of reflections that should read as a call to arms for sociological research to embrace the ‘sharing turn’ in a compre...
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The digital transformation of job matching is taking place also in our country but the Italian research about this issue is still underdeveloped. The paper aims to analyze the online Italian labor demand with the new methodological approach of digital ethnography. Data have revealed some unexpected effects of e-recruitment strategies, highlighting...
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Privatisation, market choice, outsourcing: these are the watchwords that have shaped policy in numerous democratic states in the last generation. The end result is the degradation of the foundational economy. The foundational economy encompasses the material infrastructure at the foundation of civilised life - things like water pipes and sewers - a...
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The increasing interest of scholars about sharing economy is accompanied by the uncertain boundaries and vagueness of this umbrella concept, confirmed by the absence of a really shared definition. Actually, the debate seem stuck in the polarization between the good and the bad sharing economy, represented by biggest and best known multinational com...
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The current debate about the sharing economy has rediscovered the importance of reciprocity as a model of exchange. Time banks, traditionally tools for enhancing an underutilised workforce, are developing at the same time as forms of mutualism and reciprocity within defined communities (residents of a neighbourhood or organisational population of a...
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Young citizens show an increasing interest for direct democracy tools and for the building of a new relationship with public administration through the use of digital platforms. The Open Data issue is part of this transformation. The paper analyzes the Open Data issue from the perspective of a spontaneous and informal group of digital activists wit...
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Il volume analizza le varie dimensioni del radicamento e della riproduzione del fenomeno mafioso affidandosi a una pluralità di strumenti di indagine, qualitativi e quantitativi. In particolare, concentrandosi sulla diffusione e il profilo attuale del fenomeno estorsivo in Sicilia orientale, il testo indaga la pervasività delle estorsioni in una fa...
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This article presents the results of research carried out in two Italian cities, aimed at analysing the criminal justice system’s response to intimate partner violence. Research data were collected through the content analysis of judicial files concerning offences involving violence against women by a partner or a former partner. From the research,...
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In the years of the recent economic crisis, liberalization policies has taken on a new prominence in the public debate, especially in Southern European countries. However, The liberalization policies are confronted with very different institutional environments in which the action of European convergence does not cause the same effects in all count...
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L’analisi dei consumi non è mai stata così centrale nel dibattito pubblico come nell’attuale momento storico. La crisi iniziata nel 2008 ne ha rilanciato l’importanza. Parlare di consumatore attivo quale protagonista del mutamento socio-economico significa adottare una totale rivoluzione paradigmatica dei rapporti di potere dentro e fuori il mercat...
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This paper analyzes the “rationality” of purchase: it considers in a critical perspective the hypothesis of the increasing ability of consumers to choose (supported by sociologists), by collecting information on purchase habits and by matching these with responses to the cognitive biases tests, developed by psychology and economics. The hypothesis...
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Le politiche del lavoro sono diventate il banco di prova più difficile per i welfare europei. In Italia lo strumento prioritario per limitare i fenomeni di mismatch tra domanda e offerta è stato individuato nei servizi per l’impiego che, con la riforma degli anni novanta, hanno sostituito il vecchio sistema del collocamento. Tuttavia, il processo d...
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Nell’articolo si analizza la "razionalità" delle decisioni d’acquisto. Lo studio considera in una prospettiva critica l’ipotesi di un consumatore più critico e selettivo (condivisa dalla sociologia e dal marketing) attraverso la somministrazione di test sui bias della psicologia e dell’economia cognitiva. Dai dati emerge il divario esistente tra la...

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A call for papers for the Italian journal of Sociology of Work "Sociologia del Lavoro". Edited by Arcidiacono D., Loconto A. M., Maestripieri L. and Podda A. Deadline for abstract submission: 15/12/2017 (only in english) A call for papers is also open for the next ISA World Congress in Toronto (July 2018): https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/webprogrampreliminary/Session9696.html Abstracts are due by 30/9