Spaces for Feminist Commoning? Creative Social Enterprise’s Enclosures and Possibilities

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This paper contributes an intersectional feminist analysis and methodological approach to debates about commoning and social enterprise. Through a narrative description of feminist social enterprise projects based on action research with the Kinning Park Complex, a social centre with a radical history in Glasgow’s South Side, I demonstrate how contemporary community economic development models can entrench intersectional exclusion. Specifically, I show how market-oriented social enterprise models reproduce precarious work, hinder cooperative ethics, and promote depoliticised notions of difference. However, I also investigate the ways that community organisers and activists at KPC are re-working these neoliberal models to carve out spaces for feminist commoning. Through these acts, women-identifying and non-binary activists, artists, and community organisers grapple with the classed, raced, and gendered politics of community organising and foster solidarities across difference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-259
Number of pages18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan. 2021


  • commoning
  • community planning
  • feminism
  • neoliberalism
  • race


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