Bárbara Galarza
Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina


This article addresses urban citizenship from an anthropological perspective by combining the historical-structural account of oikos and polis as urban formations, along with an understanding relying upon the experience lived by actors performing their mandates, such as stocking chores. This research aims to describe how housewives move around daily spatialities in their stocking practices. The ethnographic observation of women’s practices and representations in a mining-industrial urban development marks to significant moments when running errands —going out and coming back to lock themselves in—, which reminds us of Arendt’s vita activa. These movements around urban space are analyzed as a sociocultural dynamic that I have called oikonization.

Keywords: urban citizenship, oikonization, oikos, errands.