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Commoning in the periphery: The role of the commons for understanding rural continuities and change
Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Urban & Rural Dev, Uppsala, Sweden..
Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Urban & Rural Dev, Uppsala, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. (Rethinking Human Nature)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4857-202X
2017 (English)In: International Journal of the Commons, ISSN 1875-0281, E-ISSN 1875-0281, Vol. 11, no 1, 729Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how commons reproduce over time and introduces the concept of commoning to discuss rural continuities and change. The point of departure is that commons are essential for local community development in that they have an important role for mediating social change and for local identity production. Through an ethnographic and historical study of a number of commons systems from the village of Ängersjö in the Midwest of Sweden, the paper argues for a more historically and socially grounded understanding of how commons evolve. The paper examines Ängersjö’s commons within two broad historical time frames – the pre-industrial (4th to 20th century) and the post-industrial time periods (20th century to the present) – in order to understand commons, not just as arenas for resource extraction and resource struggles, but also as important contexts for identity formation, local mobilisation and for shaping rural change. The paper reveals how the commons have co-evolved with changes in society at large and how the meanings and functions of the commons have changed throughout history – from being important economic resources – to cultural and symbolic resources that have created new avenues for collective action.

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2017. Vol. 11, no 1, 729
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Commoning, commons, identity, community, critical institutionalism, reinvention, rural development
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317804DOI: 10.18352/ijc.729ISI: 000400043600018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317804DiVA: diva2:1082891
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Commons as Hidden Resources – Analysing the Shifting Roles of the Commons in Rural Development Processes
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Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, 2011-900
Available from: 2017-03-19 Created: 2017-03-19 Last updated: 2017-05-31Bibliographically approved

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