Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space:
A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela
PhD Candidate, Sociology
University of Wisconsin – Mad...
Reclaiming the Commons:
Genealogy of a Sociolegal Imaginary
[Summer 2015]
Urban Agriculture and the Problem of Property:
Tracing the Roots
[Spring 2015]
Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space:
A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela
PhD Candidate, Sociology
University of Wisconsin – Mad...
Dunn
“reclaiming the commons”
as sociolegal imagination
Longue-durée
genealogy
activating unused space (and people)
as social p...
• collectively held and performed visions
of desirable futures (or of resistance
against the undesirable).
• animated by s...
• collectively held and performed visions
of desirable futures (or of resistance
against the undesirable).
• animated by s...
Diggers
Diggers
Diggers
Diggers
Locke
“Nor was this appropriation of any parcel of land, by improving it, any prejudice to
any other man, since there was ...
T. Jefferson T. Paine
Two Thomases
Whenever there is in any country, uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear
that the laws of property have been ...
Paine
Young
Peter Kropotkin
Continuities?
• Private property as a problem
• Linking idle land and idle (or hungry) people
• Reclaiming = reimagining
•...
Discontinuities?
• God and natural rights…
• Role for the state
• Role of taxation
• Focus on inequality and poverty
Taproot Intertwined Rhizome
taproots
Reclaiming the
commons
Connecting
idle people with
idle land
Tax + Transfer
Relief gardens
Allotments
Community gardens
Ga...
Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy
Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy
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Nate Ela, Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy

Nate Ela PhD Candidate, Sociology University of Wisconsin – Madison 1st IASC Thematic Conference on the Urban Commons Bologna, November 6, 2015
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  • 1. Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy Nate Ela PhD Candidate, Sociology University of Wisconsin – Madison 1st IASC Thematic Conference on the Urban Commons Bologna, November 6, 2015
  • 2. Reclaiming the Commons: Genealogy of a Sociolegal Imaginary [Summer 2015]
  • 3. Urban Agriculture and the Problem of Property: Tracing the Roots [Spring 2015]
  • 4. Reclaiming the Commons, Activating Space: A Dual Genealogy Nate Ela PhD Candidate, Sociology University of Wisconsin – Madison 1st IASC Thematic Conference on the Urban Commons Bologna, November 6, 2015
  • 5. Dunn
  • 6. “reclaiming the commons” as sociolegal imagination Longue-durée genealogy activating unused space (and people) as social practice of &
  • 7. • collectively held and performed visions of desirable futures (or of resistance against the undesirable). • animated by shared understandings of forms of social life and social order attainable through, and supportive of, advances in science and technology. Sociotechnical imaginaries (Jasanoff)
  • 8. • collectively held and performed visions of desirable futures (or of resistance against the undesirable). • animated by shared understandings of forms of social life and social order attainable through, and supportive of, advances in legal technology Sociolegal imaginations (Jasanoff, adapted)
  • 9. Diggers
  • 10. Diggers
  • 11. Diggers
  • 12. Diggers
  • 13. Locke “Nor was this appropriation of any parcel of land, by improving it, any prejudice to any other man, since there was still enough, and as good left; and more than the yet unprovided could use.”
  • 14. T. Jefferson T. Paine Two Thomases
  • 15. Whenever there is in any country, uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. Jefferson to Madison, Oct. 28, 1785 The earth is given as a common stock for man to labour and live on. If, for the encouragement of industry we allow it to be appropriated, we must take care that other employment be furnished to those excluded from the appropriation. If we do not the fundamental right to labour the earth returns to the unemployed. It is too soon yet in our country to say that every man who cannot find employment but who can find uncultivated land, shall be at liberty to cultivate it, paying a moderate rent.
  • 16. Paine
  • 17. Young
  • 18. Peter Kropotkin
  • 19. Continuities? • Private property as a problem • Linking idle land and idle (or hungry) people • Reclaiming = reimagining • “Land-fix” and “Tax-fix” strands • as alternatives • as conditional • as combined • Mapping and counting acres, to estimate production
  • 20. Discontinuities? • God and natural rights… • Role for the state • Role of taxation • Focus on inequality and poverty
  • 21. Taproot Intertwined Rhizome taproots
  • 22. Reclaiming the commons Connecting idle people with idle land Tax + Transfer Relief gardens Allotments Community gardens Garden Cities VLGAs Jefferson: fundamental right to work earth Paine Agrarian Justice Social security George: Land Value Tax Food Stamps Victory Gardens Idle land as criminal Diggers Locke: Land reverts to commons Young’s plan WWI Gardens Land Trusts Gleaning Parish tax / parish rolls Claiming Waste Land / Activating Space Kropotkin 16901785179718011830s187918921890s164919171931193519421980s20091970s

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