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PROPERTY    LECTURE                   POWER, SPACE, & LAW    DATE                             CLASS                  FEBRU...
FREEWRITE: WHAT IS PROPERTY?    MAKE A LIST OF 5 NOUNS AND 5 ADJECTIVESTuesday, 5 February, 13
MAKING PROPERTY    CLASSIFICATION, COMMUNICATION, ENFORCEMENTTuesday, 5 February, 13
What is property?                   Blomley, Singer, rethink property as:                          a network of social rel...
The Classical Model                   Single, identifiable owner                   Full bundle of rights -                 ...
Property as a “bundle of                   rights”Tuesday, 5 February, 13
Geographies of the                   Classical Model                 Property works with boundaries that                 a...
Blomley on Property                                                     “It is imperative that                            ...
Property is relational                                 Is this                          boat mine, or is my               ...
Making relationshipsTuesday, 5 February, 13
Geographies of                   Property Rights    What happens when    we rent property?    How does ‘property’    frame...
HousingTuesday, 5 February, 13
Rethinking property                   Property is not a                   relation between a                   person and ...
Power of property                   More important                   than what I can do                   with property,  ...
Property as contingent                   The idea of                   property changes.                   No longer do we...
Property and the state                   as guarantor of                   property                   ‘What I own depends ...
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GEOG 381: Property

  1. 1. PROPERTY LECTURE POWER, SPACE, & LAW DATE CLASS FEBRUARY 6, 2013 GEOGRAPHY 381Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  2. 2. FREEWRITE: WHAT IS PROPERTY? MAKE A LIST OF 5 NOUNS AND 5 ADJECTIVESTuesday, 5 February, 13
  3. 3. MAKING PROPERTY CLASSIFICATION, COMMUNICATION, ENFORCEMENTTuesday, 5 February, 13
  4. 4. What is property? Blomley, Singer, rethink property as: a network of social relations that governs the conduct of people with respect to the use and disposition of things. But first, the “Classical Model”: ‘remains powerful and exerts substantial determinative force in adjudicating and developing the rules of property law’ (Singer)Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  5. 5. The Classical Model Single, identifiable owner Full bundle of rights - exclusion, transfer, sale, use State intervention may occur, but presumed to compromise baseline rights of the owner Owner engaged in self- regarding behaviourTuesday, 5 February, 13
  6. 6. Property as a “bundle of rights”Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  7. 7. Geographies of the Classical Model Property works with boundaries that are both real and metaphoric. Real: Owners are set against others, behind boundaries, fences, signs. Metaphoric: The assumption within liberal theory that clear limits should be set on the ability of states to intervene in ‘private’ ownership builds a public/private divide. In this model, property is fundamentally concerned with things. For instance, we talk about something being ‘my property’.Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  8. 8. Blomley on Property “It is imperative that geographers take property seriously, exploring the effects of the dominant model...as well as uncovering the much more interesting and complicated realities of property.” Property is not a relation between a person and a thing, but a set of power relations between people in regards to a valued resource.Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  9. 9. Property is relational Is this boat mine, or is my relationship to it different than yours? Blomley wants to think about property not simply between owner and land, but between people, namely owners and others. Property only has meaning in the way it sets up relations between people and space.Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  10. 10. Making relationshipsTuesday, 5 February, 13
  11. 11. Geographies of Property Rights What happens when we rent property? How does ‘property’ frame the way people organize spatially?Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  12. 12. HousingTuesday, 5 February, 13
  13. 13. Rethinking property Property is not a relation between a person and a thing, but a set of power relations between people in regards to a valued resource.Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  14. 14. Power of property More important than what I can do with property, ownership says much more about what I can prevent others from doing. Change the channel? Watch when I’m not using it? No. As owner, I can control your use of the TV set even without using it myself.Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  15. 15. Property as contingent The idea of property changes. No longer do we see property as a column of rights from soil to sky, but carved out of a grid. Columns no more: Thanks to air travel, for instance, we now see our property rights as abridged, limited.Tuesday, 5 February, 13
  16. 16. Property and the state as guarantor of property ‘What I own depends on what you agree that I own, not what I assert that I own’ (Bromley) ‘if property is the boundary to Techniques of ‘agreement’: A deed or governmental power, title registers and represents a claim to it is a boundary ownership. government itself draws’ (Nedelsky)Tuesday, 5 February, 13

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