Feb 24, 2017
from 04:15 PM to 06:00 PM
|Where||Edmund Leach Room, Division of Social Anthropology|
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Professor Ida Susser (Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
The Urban Commons: New York City, Barcelona and Paris
The emergence of protests such as “Occupy” in the United States and similar events in Europe is discussed as a response to neoliberal policies, the creation of a temporary and insecure workforce, or precariat, and the need to develop different approaches to power and transformation. Based on fieldwork among activists in New York City, Barcelona and Paris, this paper explores recent social movements and the ways in which they represent a claim for an urban commons and the building of a new political consciousness. It outlines recent political protests in the three cities and develops a theoretical discussion of the urban commons as a form of popular education which transforms space, time and language.