Unsettling the Commons
January 24, 2018
Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigate what it means to struggle for "the commons" within a settler colonial context. Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debate that took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim “the commons” on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and self-determination; all in the name of the "struggle for the commons". The book argues that there are multiple commons or conceptualizations of how land, relationships, and resources are shared, produced, consumed, and distributed in any given society. As opposed to the liberal politics of recognition, a political practice of unsettling and a recognition of the incommensurability of political goals that claim access to space/territory on stolen land is proposed as a more desirable way forward.
We will be hosting a small panel on the subject of "struggling for the commons" to accompany the book launch. Panelists are still TBA.
Tokens and light refreshment provided. For access needs please reach out to our Volunteer and Programming Coordinator Rachele at opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue: Opirg Toronto
Location: 563 Spadina Ave Toronto, ON
For information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Categories: Social Change, Social Justice, Alternatives
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