Carlo Inverardi-Ferri (DPhil Oxon) is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and Global Production Networks Centre at the National University of Singapore. His work is situated in the field of economic geography. The author thanks Jasnea Sarma, Andrea Pia, and the editors of MIC for their valuable comments on previous versions of this short essay.

Commons and the Right to the City in Contemporary China

This essay outlines the development of Dongxiaokou, an urban village on the outskirts of Beijing that until recently was home to a massive population of migrant workers. The story of Dongxiaokou provides insights into the process of commodification of land in China, highlighting the tension between land used as a common resource by migrants, and land utilised as a way to produce economic profits for real estate developers.

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