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Places of Possibility: Property, Nature and Community Land Ownership



Places of Possibility: Property, Nature and Community Land Ownership

A. Fiona D. Mackenzie

ISBN: 978-1-405-19171-5 January 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 270 Pages


Through original research conducted in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, Places of Possibility shows how community land ownership can open up the political, social, environmental, and economic terrain to more socially just and sustainable possibilities than private ownership.
  • Reveals how community land ownership is more just and sustainable than private ownership
  • Features original theoretical insights into ideas of property and nature that disrupt the process of neoliberalisation
  • Based on original research conducted by the author in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

List of Maps viii

List of Photographs ix

List of Tables x

Acknowledgements xi

1 Placing Possibility 1

2 Working Property 34

3 Working Nature 79

4 Working the Wind 127

5 Working Places 175

6 Conclusion – Working Possibilities 214

References 227

Index 248

“This is rarely the stuff of academic study but is at the heart of Places of Possibility’s profound ambitions and most important contribution: anticipating “more socially, environmentally and economically generous ‘postneoliberalisms.”  (Antipode, 1 August 2013)