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Governing Spaces
Governing spaces

It is a vital concern of every State not only to vanquish nomadism but to control migrations and, more generally, to establish a zone of rights over an entire ‘exterior’ over all the flows traversing the ecumenon. (Deleuze and Guattari, 1988: 385)

Those of us several generations removed from the land have grown so accustomed to its proprietorial re-mapping that the vernacular of ‘property’ now routinely confuses land itself with the specific legal designs of exclusive forms of ownership (Hann, 1998). For the majority of the world's population whose livelihoods are still bound up with its energetic vicissitudes, the distinction remains as obvious as it is vital. But some sense of the intimate violence of private property rights as a mode of (dis)possession ...

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