Commoning the City: Empirical Perspectives on Urban Ecology, Economics and Ethics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Commoning the City

Empirical Perspectives on Urban Ecology, Economics and Ethics, 1st Edition

Edited by Derya Özkan, Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç


208 pages

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This collection seeks to expand the limits of current debates about urban commoning practices that imply a radical will to establish collaborative and solidarity networks based on anti-capitalist principles of economics, ecology and ethics.

The chapters in this volume draw on case studies in a diversity of urban contexts, ranging from Detroit, USA to Kyrenia, Cyprus – on urban gardening and land stewardship, collaborative housing experiments, alternative food networks, claims to urban leisure space, migrants’ appropriation of urban space, workers’ cooperatives/collectives. The analysis pursued by the eleven chapters open new fields of research in front of us: the entanglements of racial capitalism with enclosures and of black geographies with the commons, the critical history of settler colonialism and indigenous commons, law as a force of enclosure, and as a strategy of commoning, housing commons from the urban scale perspective, solidarity economies as labour commons, territoriality in the urban commons, the non-territoriality of mobile commons, the new materialist and post-humanist critique of the commons debate, and feminist ethics of care.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures


List of contributors


Introduction. Towards an Ethos for Commoning the City: An Introduction, Derya Özkan and Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç


Chapter 1. Racial capitalism and a tentative commons. Urban farming and claims to space in post-bankruptcy Detroit, Rachael Baker

Chapter 2. The Politics of Food. Commoning Practices in Alternative Food Networks in Istanbul,Ayça İnce and Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu

Chapter 3. Insurgent Ecologies: Rhetorics of Resistance and Aspiration in Istanbul’s Ancient Market Gardens (2014-2018), Charles Zerner

Chapter 4. "A Revolution under our feet": Food Sovereignty and the Commons in the case of Campi Aperti, Massimo De Angelis and Dagmar Diesner


Chapter 5. Urban commoning and the right not to be excluded, Nicholas Blomley

Chapter 6. From graveyards to the ‘people’s gardens’: The making of public leisure space in Istanbul, Berin Golonu

Chapter 7. "Time to protect Kyrenia": defending the right to landscape in northern Cyprus, Ezgican Özdemir

Chapter 8. A migrant’s tale of two cities: Mobile Commons and the alteration of urban space in Athens and Hamburg, Martin Bak Jørgensen and Vasiliki Makrygianni


Chapter 9. Contradictions of housing commons: between middle class and anarchist models in Berlin, Kenton Card

Chapter 10. Precarious Commons. An Urban Garden for Uncertain Times,Elke Krasny

Chapter 11. Cooperative Economies as Commons: Labor and Production in Solidarity,Bengi Akbulut


About the Editors

Derya Özkan: Department of Cinema and Digital Media, Izmir University of Economics

Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç: Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (2019-2020), Koç University & Department of Anthropology, Istanbul University

About the Series

Space, Materiality and the Normative

Space, Materiality and the Normative presents new ways of thinking about the connections between space and materiality from a normative perspective. The series is concerned with addressing the use, regulation and experience of space and materiality, broadly understood, and in particular with exploring their links and the challenges they raise for law, politics and normativity.

Space, Materiality and the Normative welcomes analyses of space–materiality–normativity links from any institutional setting (financial market spaces, organisational spaces, urban space, legal space, mediated space, architecture, etc.). Proposals can be theoretical, discussing various conceptual strategies to study the use, regulation and experience space and materiality; they can be historical, outlining changes in how spaces are governed; or they can assume a more contemporary-diagnostic approach, investigating, for example, the emergence of post-national architectures or post-capitalist urban spaces. Submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

  • The changing politics of space, bodies and objects
  • Embedded normativities of spatial governance and resistance
  • Megacities and the regulatory (and experiential) challenges they give rise to
  • Spatial atmospheres, how they are experiences and governed
  • The links between space and materiality
  • Colonial and postcolonial spaces and materialities

The book series is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics, architecture, geography and urban studies.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, School of Law, University of Westminster, email: [email protected]

Christian Borch, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, email: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Environmental
LAW / Housing & Urban Development
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Land Use
LAW / Property
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban