Omnia Sunt Communia: On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism (Paperback)

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In Omnia Sunt Communia, Massimo de Angelis offers a radical political economy, illuminating the steps necessary to arrive at a post-capitalist world. By conceptualizing the idea of commons not just as common goods but as a set of social systems, de Angelis shows their pervasive presence in everyday life, and he maps out a strategy for total social transformation.
From the micro to the macro, de Angelis unveils the commons as fields of power relations—shared space, objects, and subjects—that explode the limits of daily life under capitalism. He exposes attempts to co-opt the commons, through the use of seemingly innocuous words such as “participation” and “governance,” and he reveals the potential for radical transformation rooted in the social reproduction of our communities, life, work, and society as a whole.

About the Author

Massimo de Angelis is professor of political economy at the University of East London and founder and editor of the online journal the commoner. His previous books include The Beginning of History.

Praise For…

“Carefully argued and with a wealth of profound examples, this book is at once expansively curious and politically urgent. De Angelis does justice to the complex heat and light of the commons: our hidden past, our living present and our potential future.”
— Max Haiven, author of Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power

“De Angelis does for the commons in this book what Marx did for capitalism in Capital. Omnia Sunt Communia will be indispensable to scholars and activists grappling with the most important question of our time: what system, if any, should follow the end of capitalism?”
— George Caffentzis, author of In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and the Crisis of Capitalism

“An ambitious and path-breaking work. While he introduces us to the main theorists of the commons, De Angelis also explores new ground. It makes for a powerful and challenging book that all educators and activists in movements for social justice should read.”
— Silvia Federici, author of Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle

“As the crises of neoliberal capitalism deepen, De Angelis offers us a sweeping framework for understanding how commons can provide practical pathways for political and social emancipation. Timely, insightful, and hopeful.”
— David Bollier, author of Think Like a Commoner

“De Angelis has applied his considerable academic understanding to his practical experience of communing to advance a critical conversation on social change.”
— Green Left Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781783600625
ISBN-10: 1783600624
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: April 15th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English