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For real: land as capital and commodity
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2016 (English)In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, ISSN 0020-2754, E-ISSN 1475-5661, Vol. 41, no 2, 134-148 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

With the aim of helping to revivify a stalled geographical literature on the place of land in capitalist political economies, this article presents a critique of the popular idea that land can be usefully conceptualised as a fictitious' form of capital or commodity. The critique is based primarily on a close and critical consideration of the grounds on which the identifiers and theorists of such fictitiousness - Marx/Harvey in the case of capital, Polanyi in the case of the commodity - distinguished it from real' variants. Those grounds, the article argues, are tenuous. And, far from disabling us, treating land as no more or less real than other forms of capital and commodity can empower us in productively revisiting and centring the question of land's political economy - a crucial undertaking in a world where the materiality of land to social relations is writ increasingly large.

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2016. Vol. 41, no 2, 134-148 p.
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land, political economy, capitalism, fictitious capital, fictitious commodity
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294295DOI: 10.1111/tran.12111ISI: 000372913600004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294295DiVA: diva2:929453
Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-05-18 Last updated: 2016-05-18Bibliographically approved

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