Based on fieldwork in New York City, Barcelona, and Paris, this article
explores recent Occupy events and how these represent a claim for an urban
commons, and the building of a new political consciousness. The article analyzes
commoning in the three cities as a form of popular education that transforms
space, time, and language. The reemergence of commoning is seen as a response
to neoliberal policies, the creation of a temporary and insecure workforce (or precariat),
and the need to develop different approaches to power and transformation.
Although clearly reflective of historical experiences, commoning can be seen as a
newly significant form of protest that brings together and creates a shared culture
among fragmented progressive groups often divided by issues of identity and topic.