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<i>A Cry From the Desart</i>

Jordana Rosenberg

in Critical Enthusiasm

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199764266
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895359 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764266.003.0004
A Cry From the Desart

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Chapter Four focuses on the archive of John Lacy, a London lawyer and convert to Camisard Protestantism. In readings of these Lacy’s works, I demonstrate that religious ideologies often ran counter to the emergent logic of capitalism, and can thus help us uncover otherwise cloudy aspects of the spatial dynamics of capital accumulation. In Lacy’s archive, I discover a counter-hegemonic theorization of geographical, political, and psychic space—a theorization derived from Camisardist enthusiastic ecstasies and prophetic declarations. Building on the work of Raymond Williams and Henri Lefebvre, I extend the argument of Chapter Three to show that Lacy’s enthusiastic geographies capture the simultaneously productive and devastating unevennesses of capitalist development. I further these claims via David Harvey’s conception of “accumulation by dispossession”—or, the extension of primitive accumulation around the globe—to show the interlocking of the de-development of the British countryside, the plunder of Camisard enclaves in rural France, and the expansion of urban productive capacities in the English core. Furthermore, I argue that this “interlocking” relation becomes uniquely visible under the lens of a nonsecular understanding of space.

Keywords: space; critical geography; rural; urban; economic development; John Lacy; Maximillion Misson; Henri Lefebvre; Raymond Williams

Chapter.  10863 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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