[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1405191716″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41wQqACWbNL.jpg” width=”222″ alt=”A. Fiona Mackenzie” ]A Land of Possibility and Community
A Feature review of
Places of Possibility: Property, Nature, and Community Land Ownership
A. Fiona Mackenzie
Paperback: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
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Reviewed by Sam Edgin
Generally we speak of ownership – especially property ownership – in binary terms. A house, a hillside, or a stretch of farmland is owned either privately or publicly. As there is little else we know, we are largely incapable of thinking otherwise. A mountain is either the property of the government, who will probably preserve it as public land or stick some military installation or communications array on top of it (but more popularly the former); or it is owned privately with farmland running along its base or ski slopes splayed across its face. Or, to boil it down a bit more, we generally see land turned towards conservation in an attempt to preserve the natural resources, or employed for what we think of as “human” use, that is, for building or energy or farming. In Places of Possibility: Property, Nature, and Community Land Ownership A. Fiona Mackenzie presents a stream of qualitative research that wants us to believe there is another way.