Diverse Economies and Liveable Worlds I: Carving out the Commons, cooperatives in the City

Type: Panel
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Stephen Healy
Chairs: Stephen Healy


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.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Heather McLean University of Glasgow 20
Discussant Nathaniel Gabriel Rutgers University 20
Discussant Lisa Bates 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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