Urban commons and commoning in Amsterdam East: The role of liquid communities and the local government

Peer Smets*, Firoez Azarhoosh

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Abstract

Urban commons offer new opportunities for looking into citizens’ participation and the role of communities in co-creation. Often the focus is on public and private sector organizations, and the role of citizen collectives are underestimated or even neglected. But such communities can play a role in co-creation aimed at developing solutions for contemporary problems. To illustrate the creation of urban commons and the process of commoning, we used a case study of the Indische neighbourhood in Amsterdam East. This study shows how older structures are disembedded and how new embeddedness offers possibilities for co-creation of urban commons, such as the self-management of a neighbourhood centre. Moreover, this study shows that even though neoliberal solutions are often seen as the only possibility, there are many alternatives (TAMA) available.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-109
Number of pages19
JournalSociologia E Politiche Sociali
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date9 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • Urban commons
  • Government
  • Governance
  • Communities
  • Indische mneighbourhood

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