Territory and the governmentalisation of social reproduction: parliamentary enclosure and spatial rationalities in the transition from feudalism to capitalism

Sevilla Buitrago, Álvaro (2012). Territory and the governmentalisation of social reproduction: parliamentary enclosure and spatial rationalities in the transition from feudalism to capitalism. "Journal of Historical Geography", v. 38 (n. 3); pp. 209-219. ISSN 0305-7488. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2012.02.002.

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Title: Territory and the governmentalisation of social reproduction: parliamentary enclosure and spatial rationalities in the transition from feudalism to capitalism
Author/s:
  • Sevilla Buitrago, Álvaro
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Historical Geography
Date: July 2012
ISSN: 0305-7488
Volume: 38
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Spatial governmentality; Territoriality; Parliamentary enclosure; Commons; Planning history; Michel Foucault
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
UPM's Research Group: Grupo de Investigación en Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Sostenibilidad (GIAU+S)
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Abstract

Recent applications of Foucauldian categories in geography, spatial history and the history of town planning have opened up interesting new perspectives, with respect to both the evolution of spatial knowledge and the genealogy of territorial techniques and their relation to larger socio-political projects, that would be enriched if combined with other discursive traditions. This article proposes to conceptualise English parliamentary enclosureea favourite episode for Marxist historiography, frequently read in a strictly materialist fashioneas a precedent of a new form of sociospatial governmentality, a political technology that inaugurates a strategic manipulation of territory for social change on the threshold between feudal and capitalist spatial rationalities. I analyse the sociospatial dimensions of parliamentary enclosure’s technical and legal innovations and compare them to the forms of communal self-regulation of land use customs and everyday regionalisations that preceded it. Through a systematic, replicable mechanism of reterritorialisation, enclosure acts normalised spatial regulations, blurred regional differences in the social organisation of agriculture and erased the modes of autonomous social reproduction linked to common land. Their exercise of dispossession of material resources, social capital and community representations is interpreted therefore as an inaugural logic that would pervade the emergent spatial rationality later known as planning.

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Item ID: 14551
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/14551/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:14551
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhg.2012.02.002
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305748812000242
Deposited by: Profesor Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago
Deposited on: 30 Jun 2014 06:06
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2015 22:56
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