Commoning the City: Empirical Perspectives on Urban Ecology, Economics and Ethics

1st Edition

Derya Özkan, Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç

April 3, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9780367076566 - CAT# K405785
Series: Space, Materiality and the Normative

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This collection seeks to expand the limits of current debates about urban commoning practices that imply a radical will to establish collaborative and solidarity networks based on anti-capitalist principles of economics, ecology and ethics.

The chapters in this volume draw on case studies in a diversity of urban contexts, ranging from Detroit, USA to Kyrenia, Cyprus – on urban gardening and land stewardship, collaborative housing experiments, alternative food networks, claims to urban leisure space, migrants’ appropriation of urban space, workers’ cooperatives/collectives. The analysis pursued by the eleven chapters open new fields of research in front of us: the entanglements of racial capitalism with enclosures and of black geographies with the commons, the critical history of settler colonialism and indigenous commons, law as a force of enclosure, and as a strategy of commoning, housing commons from the urban scale perspective, solidarity economies as labour commons, territoriality in the urban commons, the non-territoriality of mobile commons, the new materialist and post-humanist critique of the commons debate, and feminist ethics of care.

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