Property Rights from Below: Commodification of Land and the Counter-Movement, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Property Rights from Below

Commodification of Land and the Counter-Movement, 1st Edition

Edited by Olivier De Schutter, Balakrishnan Rajagopal

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288 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Description

Recent years have seen a globalization of property rights as the Western conception of property over land has extended across the world. As formerly community-owned land and natural resources are privatized and titling schemes proliferate, Property Rights from Below questions the trend towards treating land as a commodity and explores alternatives to the Western model.

As we enter an era of resource scarcity and as competition for land and associated natural resources increases, purchasing power cannot become the sole criterion for land allocation; and the law of supply and demand in increasingly financialized markets cannot become the sole metric through which the value of land is determined. Using a range of examples from around the world, Property Rights from Below demonstrates that alternatives to this model often emerge from social innovations supported by local communities, and that there is an urgent need for a broader political imagination when it comes to land governance. 

This innovative cross-disciplinary perspective on the pressing problems surrounding global property rights will be of interest to academics, students and professionals with an interest in property law, development economics and land governance.

Table of Contents

1. Property Rights From Below: An Introduction to the Debate

Olivier De Schutter and Balakrishnan Rajagopal

Part I: The Global Commodification of Land and Competition for Resources

2. When Primitive Accumulation Inhabits Advanced Systems

Saskia Sassen

3. Land Grab Governance and the Crisis of Market Rule

Philip McMichael

4. From transgression to normative innovation: Land conflict resolution in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

An Ansoms, Emery Mudinga, Aymar Nyenyezi et al

Part II: Social Mobilization and the Counter-Movement

5. Forging a Single Proletariat

J. Phillip Thompson

6. Urban Squatters

Sonia Katyal and Eduardo Peñalver

7. Land and territory: struggles for land and territorial rights in Brazil

Sergio Sauer and Luís Felipe Perdigão de Castro

8. Right to Land and Control Over Territories: How Peasants Movements are Claiming and Creating New Rights

Priscilla Claeys

Part III: Shaping Alternatives: from Commodification to Rebuilding the Commons

9. Facilitating the Commons Inside Out

Hanoch Dagan and Tsilly Dagan

10. Urban Commons and Property

Sheila Foster

11. When Land is Inalienable. Territorial transformations and peasants’ property rights in Mexico

Antonio Azuela

About the Editors

Olivier De Schutter is Professor at the University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium, and at SciencesPo (Paris) and is a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food between 2008 and 2014 and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University and at Berkeley University, USA.

Balakrishnan Rajagopal is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, where he is the Head of the International Development Group at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the founding director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice and the Displacement Research and Action Network.

About the Series

Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series

Real Property Rights are central to the global economy and provide a legal framework for how society (be it developed or customary) relates to land and buildings. We need to better understand property rights to ensure sustainable societies, careful use of limited resources and sound ecological stewardship of our land and water. Contemporary property rights theory is dynamic and needs to engage thinkers who are prepared to think outside their disciplinary limitations.

The Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series strives to take a transdisciplinary approach to understanding property rights and specifically encourages heterodox thinking. Through rich international case studies, the goal of the series is to build models to connect theory to observed reality, informing potential policy outcomes. This series is both an ideal forum and reference for students and scholars of property rights and land issues.

Video interviews with the series authors and editors can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6WmSmaP8spLX0GlFRiSjw 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS054000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Real Estate
LAW055000
LAW / Land Use
TEC005000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General