Focaal Volume 2017, Issue 79: Exploring the urban commons

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We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology has recently published and is available online at its new home,

This issue’s theme section, titled “Exploring the urban commons” and guest edited by Ida Susser,  considers “commoning” as one way to understand the emergence of social movements in Europe and the United States. The articles analyze different protests from housing movements, to anti-antiblack insurgency, redefinitions of the tax code, and the squares movement. The articles consider how movements around the urban commons change over time, differ from more traditional social movements, and address or emerge from the specifics of contemporary regimes. The editor’s introduction is available to all readers for free.

Focaal 79 also includes a regular articles section, which features articles on making diamonds ethical in Canada’s Northwest Territories, community life and violence in a neofascist movement in Italy, and white currency in the gentrification of black and Latino Chiago.

Volume 2017, Issue 79
Exploring the urban commons

Guest Editor: Ida Susser


Introduction: For or against commoning?
Ida Susser

Commoning in New York City, Barcelona, and Paris: Notes and observations from the field
Ida Susser

Theorizing the urban housing commons
Don Nonini

Reclaiming the streets: Black urban insurgency and antisocial security in twenty-first-century Philadelphia
Jeff Maskovsky

Incipient “commoning” in defense of the public? Competing varieties of fiscal citizenship in the tax- and spending-related direct democracy
Sandra Morgen and Jennifer Erickson

Afterword: After the commons—commoning!
Don Kalb


Soft skills, hard rocks: Making diamonds ethical in Canada’s Northwest Territories
Lindsay A. Bell

Fascism as a style of life: Community life and violence in a neofascist movement in Italy
Maddalena Gretel Cammelli

The racial fix: White currency in the gentrification of black and Latino Chicago
Jesse Mumm

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