Enclosures from below? The politics of squatting and encroachment in the post Restoration New Forest

Griffin, Carl J (2018) Enclosures from below? The politics of squatting and encroachment in the post Restoration New Forest. Historical Research, 91 (252). pp. 274-295. ISSN 0950-3471

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Abstract

Notwithstanding recent interest in the politics of housing, squatting in the formative contexts of post-Restoration rural England remains little understood and studied. Drawing upon a diverse archive of central government papers and those of the local officers of the New Forest – the largest crown forest in England and Wales – the paper argues that the resort to squatting was both a function of the uneven contours of forest governance. Moreover, while squatting led to the formation of new communities, it was neither exclusively a plebeian act nor, against official discourses, necessarily an abuse of the assets of the forest.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 13:23
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2018 13:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70495

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