Landscape and surplus value: the making of the ordinary in Brentwood, CA

D. Mitchell

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This paper will provide a theoretical lens for situating social (not necessarily individual) intentionality in landscape production. Specifically, using evidence from struggles over landscape production in Brentwood during the Depression, it will show how landscape form - especially unremarkable, everyday form - is produced as part and parcel of the system of labor (and more generally social) reproduction in industrialized agricultural economies. Through the example developed in this paper, it will show how the production of landscape morphology is an essential moment in the production of surplus value in capitalism. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-30
Number of pages24
JournalEnvironment & Planning D: Society & Space
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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