Marianne Maeckelbergh

Marianne Maeckelbergh

I am professor of political anthropology at Ghent University, Belgium. My research explores how people's everyday political practices inform and transform the way we understand democracy, including key democratic concepts like participation, equality, solidarity, and diversity. I am the author of The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy and co-producer of the film series.


My research for the Property and Democratic Citizenship project re-theorizes democracy from the perspective of people’s real lived experiences of property, with an ethnographic focus on San Francisco, California. I compare three case studies – a corporate landlord, the city as landlord, and “mom and pop” landlords – to explore how variation in the articulation of property regimes impacts the strategies of negotiation and contestation used by residents as they fight to remain in their homes. All of my work is driven by questions, needs and insights that arise through active participation in the social movements and tenant initiatives that I study.

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