Globalism and the Enclosure of the Landscape Commons

  • Kenneth R. Olwig
Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 2)


‘Enclosure,’ it will be argued, severs people from the landscape of not just the material commons, but the ‘cultural commons,’ thereby breaking the living bonds of custom that motivate sustainable use. Globalism, it will be further argued, is the contemporary manifestation of the enclosure movement, and thereby a threat to both the material and the cultural commons. Enclosure leaves behind, however, a residue of the cultural commons, as picturesque tradition, that easily dissolves into death by nostalgia. But before delving into enclosure, globalism and picturesque tradition, the meaning of the ‘cultural commons’ in relation to the material commons will be explored.


Arable Field Material Common Land Parcel Common Land Cultural Common 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Heritage Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesAlnarpSweden

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