Omnia Sunt Communia – On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism
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- Zed Books
- 2017 ISBN 9781783600625
- 456 pages
- 22 × 14 × 2.5 cm
This book reveals the potential for radical transformation contained in a conceptualisation of the commons as a set of social systems, rather than just common goods.
In this weaving of radical political economy, Omnia Sunt Communia sets out the steps to postcapitalism. By conceptualising the commons not just as common goods but as a set of social systems, Massimo De Angelis shows their pervasive presence in everyday life, mapping out a strategy for total social transformation.
From the micro to the macro, De Angelis unveils the commons as fields of power relations – shared space, objects, subjects – that explode the limits of daily life under capitalism. He exposes attempts to co-opt the commons, through the use of code words such as ‚participation‘ and ‚governance‘, and reveals the potential for radical transformation rooted in the reproduction of our communities, of life, of work and of society as a whole.
Massimo De Angelis is professor of political economy at the University of East London, and founder and editor of the web journal The Commoner (www.thecommoner.org). His previous books include The Beginning of History (2007).
Table of Contents:
- Part One: Commons as systems
- 1. Common goods
- 2. Systems
- 3. Elements
- Part Two: From Elinor Ostrom to Karl Marx
- 4. Commons governance
- 5. The money nexus and the commons formula
- Part Three: Commoning: the source of grassroots power
- 6. Mobilising social labour for commoning
- 7. The production of autonomy, boundaries and sense
- Part Four: Social change
- 8. Boundary commoning
- 9. Commons and capital/state
- 10. Towards postcapitalism