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The Bodies of the Commons: Towards a Relational Embodied Ethics of the Commons

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  • Emmanouela Mandalaki

    () (NEOMA Business School – Reims Campus)

  • Marianna Fotaki

    () (University of Warwick)

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This article extends current theorizations of the ethics of the commons by drawing on feminist thought to propose a relational embodied ethics of the commons. Departing from abstract ethical principles, the proposed ethical theory reconsiders commoning as a process emerging through social actors’ embodied interactions, resulting in the development of an ethics that accounts for their shared corporeal concerns. Such theorizing allows for inclusive alternative forms of organizing, while offering the ethical and political possibility of countering forms of economic competition and addressing the issues of viability that have long bedeviled commoning practices. This, we suggest, is achieved in the context of social organizing processes whereby social actors are able to reproduce their resource systems and communities based on recognition of their actual corporeal vulnerabilities, which drives reciprocity and embodied relationality with the other.

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  • Emmanouela Mandalaki & Marianna Fotaki, 2020. "The Bodies of the Commons: Towards a Relational Embodied Ethics of the Commons," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 166(4), pages 745-760, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:166:y:2020:i:4:d:10.1007_s10551-020-04581-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-020-04581-7
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