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P019b


The everyday politics of the commons and social movements II 
Convenors:
Kevin Flanagan (Maynooth University)
Ferne Edwards (University of Surrey)
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Format:
Panel
Location:
6 College Park (6CP), 01/035
Sessions:
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the social worlds of the commons and social movements to ask: how do practices of commoning enable communities to resist the alienating effects of contemporary life, to foster and sustain political cultures of contestation and resilience?

Long Abstract:

The commons has emerged as a political discourse among communities and social movements that recognises shared capacities to address needs and respond to situations of injustice. The commons act as a bridge - they link histories of resistance, contemporary experiences of collective action, and offer a means for transforming social relations and prefiguring possible futures. Experiences of commoning are heterogeneous and informed by the particulars of people and place. They range from the everyday politics of community organising through to explicit confrontations with power and mobilisations within longer cycles of socio-political change. We ask: in what ways do practices of commoning enable communities to resist the alienating effects of contemporary life, to foster and sustain political cultures of contestation and resilience?

In this panel we invite papers that explore:

● How social aspects - such as gender, race and class - shape the practices of commons and social movements.

● How the commons are informed by particular politics, economy and ecology of place.

● How the commons interface and are embedded within broader movements and processes of collective action.

● How commons projects or activists respond to, or have been impacted by, the pandemic.

● The ethnographic stance of the activist researcher - what practical and ethical challenges does this research raise? How can an engaged anthropology contribute to activist practice and knowledge production for and about social movements?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -