The “commons” have become a rallying point of social mobilization against privatization and a linchpin of collective civic empowerment and dem- ocratic renewal in several countries. What singles out the Italian “laboratory” of urban commons in recent years is the coalescence of pro-commons lawyers with activists, movements, and grassroots collectives. e central role played by law in the Italian commons network must be read in the light of the distinctive forms that regulations and rules assume in speci c contexts. Drawing on ethnographic re- search conducted between 2018 and 2019, this article focuses on the case of Naples and the reinvention of the legal tradition of “civic use.” Our account of the daily practices pursued by a Neapolitan community of commoners—L’Asilo—delves into the role played by the law and its representatives in a political context that has always been the subject of stigmatization.

Italian alliances between commoning and law. Framing new regulations by challenging rules in Naples

2022

Abstract

The “commons” have become a rallying point of social mobilization against privatization and a linchpin of collective civic empowerment and dem- ocratic renewal in several countries. What singles out the Italian “laboratory” of urban commons in recent years is the coalescence of pro-commons lawyers with activists, movements, and grassroots collectives. e central role played by law in the Italian commons network must be read in the light of the distinctive forms that regulations and rules assume in speci c contexts. Drawing on ethnographic re- search conducted between 2018 and 2019, this article focuses on the case of Naples and the reinvention of the legal tradition of “civic use.” Our account of the daily practices pursued by a Neapolitan community of commoners—L’Asilo—delves into the role played by the law and its representatives in a political context that has always been the subject of stigmatization.
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