La Città dal Basso: Che Fatica!

Alla Ricerca della Sostenibilità Umana degli Spazi Autogestiti di Roma


  • Simone Ranocchiari Université de Genève


autogestione urbana, sostenibilità umana, care, beni comuni, movimenti urbani


Urban self-management is an activity that can be tiring and not always sustainable in the long term. This is because, in addition to the activities normally associated with militancy, there are also those related to the management and maintenance of a physical space. Starting from a research conducted with the activists of five self-managed spaces in Rome, I analysed the mechanisms that explain why some people continue to be militant for years, despite everything, while others make the choice to leave. It emerged that the choice to go or stay is the result of a delicate and complex balance between centripetal forces (which hold the activists back) and centrifugal forces (which push them to leave). In order to avoid the needle of the balance tending towards the latter, self-managed spaces must succeed in being not only spaces of struggle or encounter, but also spaces of ‘care’, which can contribute to making these experiences not only useful but also humanly sustainable.


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How to Cite

Ranocchiari, S. (2024). La Città dal Basso: Che Fatica! Alla Ricerca della Sostenibilità Umana degli Spazi Autogestiti di Roma. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 23(3), 206–224. Retrieved from