Cooking Democracy by Joanna Zabielska
“Food can be used to mark and create relations of equality, intimacy or solidarity”. Arjun Appadurai
To positively contribute into the political shaping an decision making process in the contemporary society is essential to become a mature and self-refelctive citizen. Rarely it comes naturaly, as most other skills, political activism needs to be con- stantly developed and practised. The easy, playful and efficient way to work on an inner citizen is to practise democracy in everyday situations and actions. Collective cooking might become a great and harmless payground, to develop effective com- munication and focus on decision making process.
First Approach: Right to the City
To understand better the mechanism behind privatization of a public space we went deeper into the theoretical work of David Harvey. He defines a city as a concentration of surplus product and therefore dominated by private property and the profit rate. Though he points out a need for of collective and common right that is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources. It is one of the most precious and most neglected of our human rights: right to change ourselves by changing the city.
(vgl. Harvey 2008)