Vol. 8 (2020): Democrazia dei luoghi: azioni e forme di autogoverno comunitario / Democracy of places: actions and forms of community self-government
Science in action

L' autorganizzazione tra partecipazione attiva e logiche neoliberiste: il caso Ballarò a Palermo

Giancarlo Gallitano
University of Palermo, Department of Architecture
Published December 12, 2020
  • self-organization,
  • community,
  • territorial heritage,
  • commons,
  • neo-liberalism
How to Cite
Gallitano, G. (2020). L’ autorganizzazione tra partecipazione attiva e logiche neoliberiste. Scienze Del Territorio, 8. https://doi.org/10.13128/sdt-11809


Cities represent the main sites of capital accumulation and reproduction, so urban space highlights the most violent contradictions of capitalism (Harvey 2012) through privatization and managerial strategies. At the same time, cities are the primary sites of “biopolitical production”, consisting of “living dynamic of cultural practices, intellectual circuits, affective networks and social institutions” (Hardt, Negri 2009). These elements too are subject to capitalist accumulation. For this reason, self-organized movements of resistance to neoliberal policies emerge in terms of re-appropriation of the collective dimension by citizens. The alleged extraneousness of these experiences with respect to the neoliberal logics represents, however, only a theoretical assumption that is constantly tested by everyday practices. In examining self-organization processes as re-appropriation practices of territorial heritage – through the theoretical framework of commoning (De Angelis 2010) – the analysis of “SOS Ballarò” civic committee experience in Palermo will allow to highlight the areas of interference between the dimension of ‘common’ and market logics which characterize the daily routine of practices.


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