A migrant’s tale of two cities: mobile commons and the alteration of urban space in Athens and Hamburg

Martin Bak Jørgensen, Vasiliki Makrygianni

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Greece has been in the epicentre of the debate on the recent socio-economic and refugee crises, however little attention has been paid to migrants’ survival practices and praxes of commoning within this turbulent condition. Germany has faced the refugee crisis on different socio-economic terms but has spurred a debate focusing only on how to deal with the exacerbated conditions. This chapter aims to enlighten migrants’ spaces that emerge from praxes of commoning and resistance in contemporary Greece and Germany.
The chapter presents mobile commons as a paradigm of migrants’ commoning practices concerning housing, sheltering and appropriating urban space, deriving from a field research conducted in Athens and Hamburg. The spatial analysis of such commoning practices brings to light dynamics and potentialities hidden in urban spaces, destabilises fixed categories and dichotomies, and reveals the emerging interactions with the urban environment and the local population. The chapter concludes that such practices do not constitute an exception in the production of urban space but are part of an ongoing commoning process, linked with several social political and economic crises taking different shapes in Greece and Germany respectively.
TitelCommoning the City : Empirical Perspectives on Urban Ecology, Economics and Ethics
RedaktørerDerya Özkan, Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç
Antal sider18
Publikationsdato13 mar. 2020
ISBN (Trykt)9780367076566
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-429-02188-6
StatusUdgivet - 13 mar. 2020
NavnSpace, Materiality and the Normative


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