Mobile Commons and/in Precarious Spaces: Mapping Migrant Struggles and Social Resistance

Nicos Trimikliniotis, Dimitris Parsanoglou, Vassilis S. Tsianos

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This article explores the constructions and dynamics of subaltern migrant subjectivities in three arrival cities, Athens, Istanbul and Nicosia. The paper draws on empirical research in three cities geopolitically located in the most south-eastern part of the Mediterranean basin and the boundary triangle connecting Europe, Asia and Africa. This is essentially a process where the will, agency and praxis of subaltern migrants in the context of social struggles are interwoven with precarious spaces. Precarity is at the core of their daily existence: precarious labour, precarious stay and precarious lives. The generation, maintenance, evolution, even erosion of mobile commons are consequential of social processes and struggles driven by subaltern and precarious subjects, migrants and non-migrants alike. The article explores how the generation of claims to rights is restructuring Lefebvre’s ‘right to the city’, as new forms of commons through mobility, resistance and digital materialities are contesting the sovereign governance and surveillance technologies in Europe and beyond. The paper contends that such perspectives from the borders of Europe, that is, in and out of Europe, are not only crucial to the understanding of what is happening in Europe, but are an advanced glimpse into potentialities of the world ahead.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1049
Number of pages15
JournalCritical Sociology
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • commons
  • digitalities
  • migration
  • new social movements
  • political movements
  • postcolonialism
  • precarity
  • space

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