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CARVING OUT THE COMMONS event at Portland State University with Amanda Huron

When Mar 12, 2018
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Rm. 327, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
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Huron_Carving coverAmanda Huron will be at Portland State University on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and signing of her new book, Carving out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C.


Carving Out the Commons theorizes the practice of urban “commoning” in Washington, D.C., through an investigation of the city’s limited-equity housing cooperatives. It asks whether a commons can work in a city where land and resources are scarce and how strangers who may not share a past or future come together to create commonly held spaces in the midst of capitalism.


"Through interviews and historical research, Amanda Huron gives us an in-depth description of the formation of a housing cooperative in Washington, D.C. in the ’70s and develops a theoretical structure enabling us to generalize this experience to other cities. It is an incisive book that speaks to a vital issue in contemporary politics and social theory."—Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation


"Amanda Huron illuminates new ways of thinking what social justice in the city can look like. Her writing is rigorous yet upholds the dignity of the people she studies and their attempts to stake out a right to their city. Carving Out the Commons will be a go-to both for academics and organizers in the coming years."—James Tracy, author of Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco's Housing Wars

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