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

Phil O'Keefe, Geoff O'Brien

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-29
JournalHuman Geography
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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