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Land Tenure and Relationship To Place: An essay uniting spatial, political, and spiritual themes in the formulation of a PhD topic

Journal article published in 1 by Peter Knight
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Administrators and managers of land tenure often look to the future and are concerned with keeping up with the changing nature of property, and the changing nature of technology, and reflecting and accommodating such changes in the administrative model. I am interested in the part of this effort that speaks to the nature of land tenure itself. In spatial analysis we generally ignore the nature of that which space contains and focus our attention on points and lines and the study of their extent. Surveying is the science of accurately and precisely locating points and lines, and inasmuch as we move beyond points and lines to spaces, we define topology as the interrelationships between the spatial figures that emerge from points and lines. With an awareness of the cultural specificity of the way in which we manage boundaries (together with mounting evidence of the inappropriateness of unquestioningly exporting this management to other cultures—that of aboriginal people in particular), I wish to contribute to the evolution of the western land tenure concepts through elaboration of the idea of relationship to place. Now these folk aren't wanderers or homeless and seem a bit nearer to the likes of us: they seem to belong here, more even that the Hobbits do in the shire. Whether they've made the land or the lands made them it's hard to say, if you take my meaning.