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Reading Group Book Discussion with Author

Jan. 8, 2019

Arlington Central Library - Bluemont Room 2nd Floor
1015 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22201

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Please join us for a very special reading group meeting.
 
We will be reading Carving Out the Commons: Tenant Organizing & Housing Cooperatives in Washington D.C. and discussing the book with its author Amanda Huron.
 
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Provoked by mass evictions and the onset of gentrification in the 1970s, tenants in Washington, D.C., began forming cooperative organizations to collectively purchase and manage their apartment buildings. These tenants were creating a commons, taking a resource—housing—that had been used to extract profit from them and reshaping it as a resource that was collectively owned by them.
 
In Carving Out the Commons, Amanda Huron theorizes the practice of urban “commoning” through a close investigation of the city’s limited-equity housing cooperatives. Drawing on feminist and anticapitalist perspectives, Huron asks whether a commons can work in a city where land and other resources are scarce and how strangers who may not share a past or future come together to create and maintain commonly held spaces in the midst of capitalism. Arguing against the romanticization of the commons, she instead positions the urban commons as a pragmatic practice. Through the practice of commoning, she contends, we can learn to build communities to challenge capitalism’s totalizing claims over life.
 

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Speaker Amanda Huron
Amanda Huron is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. Her research interests are in urban geography, housing, tenant organizing, and the history of Washington, D.C. Her first book, Carving out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C., was ...

Amanda Huron is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. Her research interests are in urban geography, housing, tenant organizing, and the history of Washington, D.C. Her first book, Carving out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C., was published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press, and theorizes the urban commons through an examination of the success and challenges of limited-equity housing cooperatives in Washington, D.C. Amanda serves on the board of directors of Empower D.C., a citywide community organizing group. She is a native of Washington’s Ward One.

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Tue, Jan. 8, 2019

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Eastern

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Arlington Central Library - Bluemont Room 2nd Floor

1015 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22201

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Arlington Central Library - Bluemont Room 2nd Floor

1015 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22201


Group(s): Everyone