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Reclaiming the City as Commons. Learning from Latin American Housing Movements

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This paper explores a renewed problematization of contemporary metropolises' dynamics in the light of speci fic efforts to reclaim the city as commons. Building on Lefebvre's theorizations of the city's virtuality and comparing it to contemporary approaches to the urban condition that emphasize the potentialities of contemporary city-life, it suggests that urban commoning is unleashing the power of collective creativity and collaboration. Struggles to appropriate the city as a crucial milieu for sharing transforms parts of city and produces new patterns of urban living. Examples from Latin American urban movements focused on establishing emancipatory housing conditions are used to illustrate the transformative capabilities of urban commoning.
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Keywords: COMMONING; LATIN AMERICA; URBAN MOVEMENTS; URBAN POTENTIALITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2020

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