Experimental Geographies

"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)

Squatting in London: A German Perspective

I have to thank the archivist at the FU APO-Archiv for pointing out the following brief news item on ARD (sorry it’s auf Deutsch!) on squatting in the UK that was first aired on August 9th. Fairly standard fare though the item does draw attention to the different legal interpretations surrounding what it means to ‘squat’ in the UK and Germany respectively.  I have also become interested in charting the ways in which the law has itself been deployed as a technology of power through which specific counterclaims to a new form of urban commons are vigorously proscribed. More on this to come though Nick Blomley’s excellent work on law and property is a very useful starting point. I may need to turn to James Holston’s recent book, Insurgent Citizenship, which is very good on the everyday tactics through which particular legal strictures are negotiated and contested. Some of Toni Negri’s recent writings on the commons (Porcelain Workshop) are similarly suggestive. Another more detailed post will follow…

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This entry was posted on August 10, 2009 by in Commons, Geography, Politics, Social Movements and tagged , , .
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