Book review

The New Enclosure: The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain

Joe Rees

Published in Issue 4.2 // Updates

Keywords: Land, neoliberalism, social housing, privatization, rentier capitalism


In this book review, Joe Rees discusses The New Enclosure: The appropriation of public land in neoliberal Britain (2018) by Brett Christophers. The book gives detailed evidence on the privatization of land in the United Kingdom over the past four decades and offers a valuable critique about its supposed benefits for the nation.

Joe Rees is a PhD student in Geography at Swansea University. His research is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and Coastal Housing. He is investigating the growth of Purpose Built Student Accomodation (PBSA) developments in South Wales and beyond. Joe has engaged stakeholders from the PBSA sector, local authorities, universities and students in his research with the aim of understanding what comes next for the student housing market and the cities where these markets are centred.

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