Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The work of the urban commons: Limited-equity cooperatives in Washington, D.C.
by Huron, Amanda, Ph.D., City University of New York, 2012, 207; 3541837
Abstract (Summary)

This research theorizes the work of the urban commons through close examination of a group of ten limited-equity housing cooperatives in Washington, D.C. Limited-equity co-ops, or LECs, are a noncommodified resource that is collectively owned and maintained by their members. I argue that LECs are a manifestation of the commons, and that they represent a specific form of the commons - the urban commons. In this research, I ask: how does the urban commons – as manifested in this case by limited-equity housing cooperatives – function? The commons, as I theorize it, is a space that both provides a basis for life outside of (or at least less dictated by) capitalism, and that requires collective work to build and maintain. The commons, Peter Linebaugh (2008) argues, is constituted through commoning – the many overlapping practices of being-in-common that allow for a collective approach to life. The urban commons, I argue, is constituted through work, and future theorizing and action around the commons needs to take work seriously.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pavlovskaya, Marianna
Commitee: Gdiwani, Vinay, Harvey, David, Saegert, Susan
School: City University of New York
Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Urban planning
Keywords: Housing, Limited-equity cooperatives, Urban commons, Washington, D.C.
Publication Number: 3541837
ISBN: 978-1-267-68619-0
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