What do we learn when we study the historical connections between the political sphere—events that make headlines—and the politics of daily life? What role have self-managed communities of practice and their networks played in the socioeconomic, political, and cultural transformations in post-15M Spain? Have they exhausted their potential, or have they just scratched the surface of their capabilities? This reflection illustrates some preliminary observations on the ecosystem of the commons and its communities of practice in post-15M Spain. It responds to some of these expansive and yet pressing questions offering initial answers based on structured interviews and participant observation of community members in forty-six self-managed communities of practice in Spain.
De-fencing: Notes on the Cultural Ecosystem of the Commons in the Post-15M Spanish State
Palmar Álvarez-Blanco is a professor of Spanish at Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota). She is the cofounder and coordinator of the international platform ALCESXXI. In addition to creating the Constellation of the Commons (https://constelaciondeloscomunes.org/en/home/)—an open audiovisual archive of the culture of the Commons in Spain—she has coordinated and coedited two collective volumes: Contornos de la narrativa española actual (2000–2010): Un diálogo entre creadores y críticos (2011) and La imaginación hipotecada: Aportaciones al debate sobre la precariedad del presente (2017). Her latest book is titled In Route with the Commons: Memory and Archive of a Possible Constellation (2017–18–19).
Palmar Álvarez-Blanco; De-fencing: Notes on the Cultural Ecosystem of the Commons in the Post-15M Spanish State. boundary 2 1 August 2021; 48 (3): 31–54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-9155718
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