A Sociological Investigation of the Commons

The urban sociologist Arnold Reijndorp explores in his work the social practices of the inhabitants on the scale level of the urban neighborhood. What kind of everyday spaces can be understood as experienced by the people as ‘common.’ What factors affect this commonality? And how do changes in material, political and economical circumstances change the way space is used, as well as the readiness to take common ownership in local collective issues.

Arnold Reijndorp has been professor of social-economical and spatial development of new urban areas at the University of Amsterdam. He has written numerous books on urban issues, amongst which In Search of a New Public Domain (2001), which he co-authored with Maarten Hajer.