By A. Fiona D. Mackenzie
Via unique examine performed within the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, Places of Possibility indicates how group land possession can open up the political, social, environmental, and monetary terrain to extra socially simply and sustainable percentages than deepest possession.
- Reveals how neighborhood land possession is extra simply and sustainable than deepest possession
- Features unique theoretical insights into rules of estate and nature that disrupt the method of neoliberalisation
- Based on unique examine carried out via the writer within the Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Chapter 1 putting risk (pages 1–33):
Chapter 2 operating estate (pages 34–78):
Chapter three operating Nature (pages 79–126):
Chapter four operating the Wind (pages 127–174):
Chapter five operating areas (pages 175–213):
Chapter 6 end – operating probabilities (pages 214–226):
Chapter none References (pages 227–247):
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Claiming legitimacy on the grounds of “scientific method” with its normalizing procedures of “measurability”, “objectivity” and “replicability”, a politics of nature as external allows the pursuit of particular interests while at the same time silencing others. In ways that parallel the operation of the ownership model of property, a politics pursued through the dualism nature/society hides the ways through which power operates. It acts as a political technology (Foucault, 1979), casting as asocial and apolitical a relationship between society and nature that, its critics insist, is deeply and interrelatedly social and political – with respect to class, race, gender, among other axes of social differentiation.
You are part of the land. … It is your heritage. … In Gaelic, you never think about the land belonging to you; it is you that belongs to the land. The people belong to the land. That’s the only connection that’s made in relation to people and land. … People belong to that land. … Not just the land, but the whole concept of belonging to that land, everything that goes with the life we live here. … These are inherited rights that nobody can argue with (interview, May 1997). Its “flexible and fluid qualit[ies]”, writes Michael Newton (2009: 307), were “useful” when “customs, values, beliefs and duties” were under threat.
Unruly properties However rigorously the North Harris Trust and other community land owning trusts had been required to justify their claim to the land on the grounds of economic feasibility in order to secure public funding for the purchase, there was no mistaking the sense of history evident in the opening ceremonies. Above, I have identified glimpses into both a history of dispossession and of resistance to it at times when private rights to land prevailed over those of a collective interest and a present whose objective is to reverse those practices of enclosure and dispossession.