In this author meets the critics session we feature Amanda Huron’s new book Carving out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C. published by the University of Minnesota Press. Amanda is interested in exploring the politics of commoning in the urban context and in doing this she clarifies understanding of commoning as an active social politics that highlights the “dialectical relationship between commons formation and community formation.” She does this in part through an exploration of the everyday practices of housing cooperatives in DC, one of the most expensive real estate markets in the U.S. In developing her argument Amanda carries the commons concept out of an imaginary defined by definite resources—such as a forest—and a defined community of users and into the indefinite and liminal space of urban communities. Amanda’s work joins a larger conversation about commons and commoning that seems to be emerging on nearly every continent, intersecting with allied concepts of sharing and peer to peer economies all of which are offering solutions to the complicated, social, economic and ecological challenges of living together in cities. Critics will reflect on Amanda’s contribution to this burgeoning and salient literature.
|Panelist||Heather McLean University of Glasgow||20|
|Discussant||Nathaniel Gabriel Rutgers University||20|
|Discussant||Stephen Healy University of Western Sydney, Institute for Culture and Society||20|
|Discussant||Amanda Huron University of the District of Columbia||20|
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