This article introduces the dossier “Is There a Place for the Commons?” by briefly explaining the concepts of the common (no s) and the commons (with an s) in terms of their philosophical, political, social, and historical trajectories. It examines the tension between the universalizing aspiration of the common as a political project and the particular social situations of the commons. It emphasizes the commons as praxis, that is, as a practice that takes place in the world without being reducible to place. In doing so, it also considers the vexed relationship between the commons and state sovereignty, the way in which the common functions as a placeholder for revolutionary subjectivity, the significance of ecology for the commons and vice versa, and the importance of queer, indigenous, feminist, and minoritarian commons for understanding what it means “to common” within and against capitalism.
Introduction: No Place for the Commons
Peter Hitchcock is professor of English at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also associate director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center. His books include Dialogics of the Oppressed (1992), Oscillate Wildly (1999), The Long Space (2010), and Labor in Culture (2017).
Christian P. Haines, Peter Hitchcock; Introduction: No Place for the Commons. the minnesota review 1 November 2019; 2019 (93): 55–61. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00265667-7737241
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