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Polis (Santiago)

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LETELIER, Francisco; MICHELETTI, Stefano  y  VANHULST, Julien. Institutive practices in the local space: the neighborhood as a common. Polis [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.45, pp.105-119. ISSN 0718-6568.

This article proposes a reflection about the possibilities of conceiving the neighborhood as a “common” (common good, common space) through practices and collective actions that produce neighborhood life and simultaneously institute a particular political order. It is argued that much of the production of this space occurs outside of the spheres of the market and centralized government regulation, and is embodied through residents’ practices. These can be expressed in small-scale everyday actions or in those of a greater scope whose articulation allows one to speak of governance as a common territory. In a context where the ability for self-management is marginalized by the effects of neoliberal modernization and urban policies, we open a discussion about the commons and the role of the neighborhood in this framework. We also reviewed a local experience in which increasing the scale of neighborhood strengthened the capacity for collective action, allowing thus the beginning of a process of extended governance.

Palabras clave : Common good; neighborhood; social reproduction.

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