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      Coworking spaces as places where economic diversity can be articulated: Towards a theory of syntopia

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          This article reports a qualitative study of several coworking spaces conducted over 3 years. We build on Foucault’s reflection concerning heterotopias to develop a new concept – that of ‘syntopia’ – for theorizing this type of space, whose main characteristic is that its alternative potential lies in enabling its users to articulate economic diversity. Our contribution is twofold: on one hand, our theorization of coworking spaces helps better account for their complexity, for the tensions that can arise within them and for their impacts; on the other hand, with the concept of syntopia, we provide a concept that could help identify other places of a post capitalocentric economy, likely to be a source of profound change in our society. We propose to develop a ‘syntopology’ whose object would be to study systematically the different forms of syntopias, their characteristics, potentials and limitations.

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                SAGE Publications
                1350-5084
                1461-7323
                January 2020
                August 30 2018
                January 2020
                : 27
                : 1
                : 60-87
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Université Paris-Est Créteil, IRG (EA 2354), UPEC, France
                [2 ]University of Rouen, NIMEC (EA 969), France
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                10.1177/1350508418794003
                1904bc08-fc8f-422f-8a62-6db58371e783
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