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The Anarchist Commons

Jeppesen, Sandra, Kruzynski, Anna, Sarrasin, Rachel and Breton, Emilie (2014) The Anarchist Commons. Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organisation, 14 (4). pp. 879-900. ISSN 2052-1499

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Analyzing the anarchist commons in Montreal, Canada using participatory action research interviews with 127 participants, we find that anti-authoritarian groups and networks addressing disparate but connected struggles are building an anarchist commons, constructing a loose grouping of spaces, networks and collectives united by a shared political culture. Key debates are explored, centering on: intentional development of the commons; mixed labour models; and anti-oppression practices of calling in vs. calling out. Participants indicate an understanding of the anarchist commons through theories and practices beyond capitalism, including feminist, queer, trans and anti-racist commitments. Finally we argue that the shared anti-authoritarian political culture provides a certain resistance to enclosure of the anarchist commons through the processes and practices used to construct it.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > School of Community and Public Affairs
Item Type:Article
Authors:Jeppesen, Sandra and Kruzynski, Anna and Sarrasin, Rachel and Breton, Emilie
Journal or Publication:Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organisation
  • Collectif de recherche sur l'autonomie collective (CRAC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
ID Code:985752
Deposited By: Anna Kruzynski
Deposited On:10 Feb 2020 21:34
Last Modified:10 Feb 2020 21:34
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