Unsettling the Commons: Social Movements Against, Within, and Beyond Settler Colonialism

Category: Book
By (author): Fortier, Craig
Series: Semaphore
Subject:  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Arbeiter Ring Publishing
Published: November 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 100
Size: 7.00in x 5.00in x 0.25in
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From The Publisher*Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigates what it means to struggle for "the commons" within a settler colonial context, Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debate that took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim "the commons" on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and self-determination--all in the name of the "struggle for the commons", the book argues that there are multiple commons or conceptualizations of how land, relationships, and resources are shared, produced, consumed, and distributed in any given society. As opposed to the liberal politics of recognition, a political practice of unsettling and a recognition of the incommensurability of political goals that claim access to space/territory on stolen land is put forward as a more desirable way forward.
Review Quote*"This honest, thoughtful, and constructive text needs to be read and digested by every North American social justice organizer. Craig Fortier captures the contradictions of calling for the Commons in a settler-colonial society."

�Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples� History of the United States