publication . Article . 2018

Squatting and encroachment in the post-Restoration New Forest

Carl J. Griffin;
Open Access English
  • Published: 07 Feb 2018
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
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.
free text keywords: Cultural Studies, Sociology and Political Science, History, Public administration, Formative assessment, Squatting position, Politics, Corporate governance, Central government
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