Urban Neighbourhood Forums in Ankara as a Commoning Practice

Ceren Ergenç*, Özlem Çelik

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The neighbourhood forums in Ankara began to convene during the Gezi protests in 2013 and lasted about three years. The activities of Ankara Gezi forums are urban commoning practices in terms of a new set of demands and methods. This paper conceptualises urban commoning practices as method, content, and demand. This framework offers an understanding of urban commoning that is not based on monetary transaction, but focuses on seeing commoning as a social process. Commoning is not ahistorical, rather it is engaged with the historical political potential of urban spaces. Commoning as method discusses organising in commons, commoning as content focuses on the form and meaning of political action, and commoning as demand emphasises the discursive use of right to the city. The case selection of this research enables us to reflect on how urban commoning is experienced in a city under less financial investment pressure, but at the centre of national-level politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1038-1061
Number of pages24
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Gezi movement
  • Turkey
  • neighbourhood forums
  • right to the city
  • urban commoning

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