New article by Leila Dawney: 'Commoning: the production of common worlds', in lo Squaderno no. 30, December 2013, Commons – Practices, boundaries and thresholds, edited by Giacomo D’Alisa & Cristina Mattiucci.
As a form of counter-capitalist political discourse, much of the language associated with the commons relies on the idea of some form of universal/ontological ground –a “natural” relationship between people, spaces and resources that has become erased through
moves to enclose and to capture by destructive economic and political systems. In these discourses, the drive to enclose can seem impossible to resist. This article proposes a different politics of the common: one that moves away from thinking about commons as that which is lost and which needs mourning, towards practices of commoning that, in many ways in at many different scales, work to produce a feeling of being in common. These feelings have the potential to elicit a change in consciousness and subjectivity that may have far-reaching political implications in terms of resisting neoliberal forms of life and experience.