Capitalist Formations of Enclosure: Space and the Extinction of the Commons

Sevilla Buitrago, Alvaro (2015). Capitalist Formations of Enclosure: Space and the Extinction of the Commons. "Antipode", v. 47 (n. 4); pp. 999-1020. ISSN 00664812. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12143.

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Title: Capitalist Formations of Enclosure: Space and the Extinction of the Commons
Author/s:
  • Sevilla Buitrago, Alvaro
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Antipode
Date: 2015
ISSN: 00664812
Volume: 47
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: enclosure, commons, dispossession, abstract space, territorial equivalent, capitalist mode of territorialization
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
UPM's Research Group: Investigación en Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Sostenibilidad GIAU+S
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Abstract

Despite their theoretical and political potential, recent debates on enclosure usually lack an effective consideration of how space is mobilized in the process of dispossession. This article connects the analysis of enclosure's general spatial rationality to a range of illustrations of its particular formations and procedures. Enclosure is understood as one of capitalism's “universal territorial equivalents”, a polymorphous technique with variegated expressions in time but also with a consistent logic that uses the spatial erosion of the commons to subsume non-commodified, self-managed social spaces. In response to the ever-changing nature of commoning, successive regimes of enclosure reshape the morphologies of deprivation and their articulation to other state and market apparatuses in order to meet shifting strategies of capital accumulation and social reproduction. Through a spatially nuanced account of these phenomena, I outline a tentative genealogy of enclosure formations that allows tracking diverse geographies of dispossession across different scales and regulatory contexts in various historical stages of capitalist development.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainCSO2013-44665-PESPRECOAbel Albet MasDesafíos espaciales de la crisis global: por una necesaria renovación conceptual

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Item ID: 45690
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/45690/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:45690
DOI: 10.1111/anti.12143
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12143
Deposited by: Profesor Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago
Deposited on: 03 May 2017 07:23
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 07:23
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