The commons and their im/possibilities

volume 12, number 4
November, 2012
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This open issue addresses the question of the (im)possibilities of the commons within contemporary capitalism. It considers the commons within a variety of manifestations, including the Open Software movement, Open Education movement, housing, academia, the arts and art education. The contributions of this issue discuss specific concerns and tensions around capitalist exploitation and commodification of practices of political and creative organizing that go beyond commodification and logics of strategic exchange. A central question in the contributions within this issue is how capital moves to absorb and enclose current commons, social relations and public goods, or otherwise put, how the commons evolve in relation to certain contradictions within their own status as non-capital.