Nina A. Medvedev

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Minnesota, Minneapolis-St.Paul, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9915

Approve Date

October 25, 2019

Project Title

Medvedev, Nina (Minnesota, Minneapolis-St.Paul, U. of) "Home and the Sharing Economy: An Ethnography of Displacement in D.C. and San Francisco"

Debates about Airbnb and the practice of short-term rentals (STRs) have exploded in Washington D.C. and San Francisco — two of the largest STR markets in the United States. Airbnb argues that it helps people stay in their homes, promotes tourism, fosters economic growth, and creates a welcoming community of travelers and hosts. Critics indict Airbnb for avoiding taxes, breaking local laws, and furthering gentrification by removing housing from tight rental markets. At the nexus of these debates is a change in how the space of the home is used — a monetization that takes advantage of the home as a short-term, irregular travel destination. Given the rising cost of living and limited housing in D.C. and San Francisco, this monetization creates disparate outcomes for city residents with regards to displacement. In the context of STRs, this project asks: How does an instantiation of home become a normalized, hegemonic state of affairs while others unravel as a contested site? How do D.C. and San Francisco residents politically mobilize to navigate Airbnb’s particular monetization of the home and displacement? How does this monetization impact differently racialized, classed, and gendered residents and how is this monetization itself racialized, classed, and gendered?