Beyond Property

March 10th, 2020

Exploring the evolution of the “ownership model” of property as a technology of the colonial Anthropocene and considering alternative possibilities.

Field Guide 04

Grounded in the history of a parcel of family land in Wisconsin’s Driftless region, this experimental field guide explores conflicting ideas of land and ownership and occupancy in North America since the Orbis Spike of 1610. Framing property as a technology and key driver of the Anthropocene, this book considers its centuries-long rise and the many “otherwises” to the ownership model that were never extinguished by colonization and that form the basis of emerging frameworks that center the land as agent, rather than object.