Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786991782 Published September 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991799 Published September 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Perspectives on Commoning

Autonomist Principles and Practices

Edited by Guido Ruivenkamp and Andy Hilton

Perspectives on Commoning

Edited by Guido Ruivenkamp and Andy Hilton

Distributed for Zed Books

352 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786991782 Published September 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991799 Published September 2017 For sale in North and South America only
In the wake of socialism’s demise and liberalism’s loss of direction, new ideas are needed for the next major realignment of the social and political domain. Making a unique contribution to the idea of the commons, this book offers a radical new model for direct democracy. In contrast to current scholarship that has looked at the commons from the perspective of governance, this book instead focuses on the idea of commoning as social practice. Perspectives on Commoning argues that the commons are not just resources external to us, but are a function of what we do.
 
Covering everything from biopolitics to communication technologies, urban spaces to agricultural sovereignty, the contributors to this volume address the commons as both theory and history, providing a useful review of current conceptions as well as practical proposals for the future. A unique consolidation of political philosophy, sociology and economics, the book shows how a new understanding of the commons as practice will help to achieve its full emancipatory potential.
 
 
Review Quotes
David Bollier, author of Think Like a Commoner
“Drawing on history, political theory, economics, culture, and contemporary activism, this collection explores the great promise of the commons in helping to build a new and better world.”
Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, author of The New Peasantries
“An important and stimulating book. Its central notions of commons and ‘commoning’ offer the potential for currently disparate movements to come together, both conceptually and politically.”
Jack Kloppenburg, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Emeritus)
“A rich and innovative selection. It offers both conceptual and practical resources for thinking about and enacting the forms of sharing that will be needed as the neoliberal edifice fractures and dissolves.”
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