Jan 142014
 

This session is hosted by the Society for Socialist Studies and co-sponsored by the Canadian Sociological Association.  Financial support for this session was provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 9:00am – 10:30am

Session Code: I-3

Location: Refer to their program at http://socialiststudies.ca/congress/2014-brock/

For at least the last decade, a number of Marxist scholars have celebrated the commons, which is typically employed as shorthand to refer to modes of social co-production and value practices that emerge in response to capitalist processes of both material and immaterial enclosure (De Angelis, 2007; Hardt & Negri, 2009; Harvey, 2003; Harvie, 2004; Perelman, 2000).  Yet as Caffentzis (2004) has pointed out, the concept of the commons, and indeed commons projects, can be subject to appropriation by capital.  This panel seeks to interrogate contemporary practices of both material and immaterial commons, including the problematic of capitalist appropriation.

Session Organizer: Wilhelm Peekhaus, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, peekhaus@uwm.edu

Jessa Reitsma, OISE, University of Toronto, “Food Commons”

Mary Jean Hande, OISE, University of Toronto, “Challenging the Financialization of Healthcare and Disability through ‘Commoning’”

Peter Donnelly, University of Toronto, “Who Owns Sport? Some Implications of Considering Sport as a Cultural Commons”

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