Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783600625 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783600632 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Omnia Sunt Communia

On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism

Massimo de Angelis

Omnia Sunt Communia

Massimo de Angelis

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256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783600625 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783600632 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
In Omnia Sunt Communia, Massimo de Angelis offers a radical political economy, illuminating the steps necessary to arrive at a post-capitalist world. By conceptualizing the idea of commons not just as common goods but as a set of social systems, de Angelis shows their pervasive presence in everyday life, and he maps out a strategy for total social transformation.
 
From the micro to the macro, de Angelis unveils the commons as fields of power relations—shared space, objects, and subjects—that explode the limits of daily life under capitalism. He exposes attempts to co-opt the commons, through the use of seemingly innocuous words such as “participation” and “governance,” and he reveals the potential for radical transformation rooted in the social reproduction of our communities, life, work, and society as a whole.
 
Review Quotes
Max Haiven, author of Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power
“Carefully argued and with a wealth of profound examples, this book is at once expansively curious and politically urgent. De Angelis does justice to the complex heat and light of the commons: our hidden past, our living present and our potential future.”
George Caffentzis, author of In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and the Crisis of Capitalism
“De Angelis does for the commons in this book what Marx did for capitalism in Capital. Omnia Sunt Communia will be indispensable to scholars and activists grappling with the most important question of our time: what system, if any, should follow the end of capitalism?”
Silvia Federici, author of Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle
“An ambitious and path-breaking work. While he introduces us to the main theorists of the commons, De Angelis also explores new ground. It makes for a powerful and challenging book that all educators and activists in movements for social justice should read.”
David Bollier, author of Think Like a Commoner
“As the crises of neoliberal capitalism deepen, De Angelis offers us a sweeping framework for understanding how commons can provide practical pathways for political and social emancipation. Timely, insightful, and hopeful.”
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