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Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property$
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Ting Xu and Alison Clarke

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266380

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266380.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property

Ting Xu

Alison Clarke

British Academy

This Introduction is divided into three sections. The first section sets out the context, significance and themes of this volume. The second section reviews the spread and potential reach of communal property, exploring the eclectic mix of institutions, resources and patterns of resource use and management which can be brought under the ‘communal property’ banner. The third section emphasises the importance of examining the nature of communities and highlights the possibilities and challenges of vesting the power of governing communal resources in communities.

Keywords:   community resource use, community management of resources, public open space, protest commons, common heritage resources, cultural resources, communities, property governance institutions

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