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Postcapitalist Countrysides

From commoning to community wealth building

Edited by Nick Gallent, Menelaos Gkartzios, Mark Scott, and Andrew Purves

£35.00

ISBN: 9781800087668

Publication: February 01, 2025

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Postcapitalist Countrysides explores the tensions that arise from the established conventions of economic production and private accumulation, as they affect life, wealth, and work in rural areas. Its premise is that capitalism, as we experience it today, is incapable of solving key societal challenges – centered on social justice and sustainable livelihoods. By rethinking land, capital and labour relationships, post-capitalism offers glimpses of alternative modes of socio-economic organisation, achievable through local pre-figurative actions today and capable of being upscaled through structural supports in the future. The glimpses of hopeful futures offered in this collection focus on rural places, communities and economies.

Praise for Postcapitalist Countrysides

‘A comprehensive, wide-ranging and pioneering book, with a strong economics and planning emphasis, creatively foregrounding the place of our countryside today within debates about post-capitalism.’

Keith Halfacree, Swansea University

Andrew Purves is Research Fellow at UCL.

Mark Scott is Professor of Planning and Dean in the School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, University College Dublin.

Menelaos Gkartzios is Professor of Planning at the Izmir Institute of Technology in Turkey, and Reader in Planning and Rural Development at Newcastle University, UK.

Nick Gallent is Professor of Housing and Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements

1 The postcapitalist countryside
Nick Gallent, Andrew Purves, Menelaos Gkartzios, Mark Scott

Part I: Private land enclosure and public commoning

2 Land and rent in capitalist production
Andrew Purves, Nick Gallent, Menelaos Gkartzios, Mark Scott
3 From enclosure to commoning
Andre Pusey
4 Postcapitalist trajectories, beyond land
Menelaos Gkartzios

Part II: Commoning processes and experiences

5 Postcapitalist struggles and the ‘gift of land’
Franklin Obeng-Odoom
6 Experimental food commons in capitalist heartlands
Adam Calo
7 Making a postcapitalist countryside? Community landownership in Scotland
Madhu Satsangi, Andrew Purves
8 Community landownership: means and outcomes – experiences of community acquisition processes in Scotland
Annie McKee, Jayne Glass, Anna Lawrence and Robert McMorran
9‘Back to the Land’: evaluating One Planet Development as a planning mechanism for promoting alternative forms of rural living Neil Harris
10 Rural women’s business-led commoning in Mexico and Japan: A transnational feminist analysis Chizu Sato, Nanako Nakamura and Jozelin María Soto Alarcón
11 From land reparations to land justice: Reframing relationships to place using Indigenous Australians’ wisdom
Ed Wensing and Bhiamie Williamson
12 Land art as commoning and resistance: aesthetics, ecology, and community
Emily Brady

Part III: De-commoditized collective assets and community infrastructure

13 Rural social enterprises as vehicles for postcapitalism
Nikolaos Apostolopoulos, Sotiris Apostolopoulos
14 Rural enterprise hubs and postcapitalism
Ian Merrell
15 Platform capitalism and the rural
Mark Scott
16 Community land trusts in rural locations: a postcapitalist housing transition?
Tom Moore
17 Unpacking the energy commons Thomas Bauwens, Robert Wade
18 Rural heritage as a commons
Mark Scott

Part IV: The social transformation

19 Re-distributed private landholding as postcapitalism: homeownership and inequality in Britain
Nick Gallent, Phoebe Stirling
20 The land question and postcapitalist countrysides: Towards a town-country synthesis
Matt Thompson and Yousaf Nishat-Botero
21 Achieving a socialization of rent through land taxation
Andrew Purves, Nick Gallent, Mark Scott, Menelaos Gkartzios
22 Towards hopeful postcapitalist futures?
Nick Gallent, Mark Scott, Menelaos Gkartzios, Andrew Purves

Index

‘A comprehensive, wide-ranging and pioneering book, with a strong economics and planning emphasis, creatively foregrounding the place of our countryside today within debates about post-capitalism.’

Keith Halfacree, Swansea University


 

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

448 Pages

1 map, 2 line drawings, and 8 colour photo/halftones

Copyright: © 2025

ISBN: 9781800087668

Publication: February 01, 2025

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