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The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth

Margaret Kohn


The city is a paradoxical space, in theory belonging to everyone, in practice inaccessible to people who cannot afford the high price of urban real estate. Why should access to public and social goods be tied to the ability to acquire private property? When people lose access to the urban commons, they are dispossessed of something to which they have a rightful claim. What kind of right is the right to the city? Political theory has much to say about individual rights, equality, and redistribution, but has largely ignored the city. In order to fill this lacuna, this book draws on a largely for ... More

Keywords: rights, cities, equality, public goods, commons, justice, housing, transit, solidarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190606596
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190606596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Kohn, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto