Why some fields might be rectangular: an exploration of agricultural landscapes between pre-capitalist and capitalist modes of production

O'Keefe, Phil and O'Brien, Geoff (2013) Why some fields might be rectangular: an exploration of agricultural landscapes between pre-capitalist and capitalist modes of production. Human Geography, 6 (3). pp. 25-29. ISSN 1942-7786

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Abstract

This article is a preliminary investigation of possible spatial form which starts by rejecting the idea that spatial theory can be built from assumptions of isomorphism. It examines spatial form in high potential ridge valley areas which are densely populated, and identifies the transition in land configuration for pre-capitalist to capitalist modes of production. In building the argument simple geometric patterns that differentiate from the model are postulated. The basic drivers of the differing spatial systems are essentially the superstructural legal conditions which are postulated as a moving from communal, customary law to individual statutory property rights.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pre-capitalist, capitalist, customary law, statutory property rights, spatial systems
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
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Depositing User: Geoffrey O'Brien
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 14:05
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:11
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/14000

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