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Property in Question : Value Transformation in the Global Economy - Caroline Humphrey

Property in Question

Value Transformation in the Global Economy

By: Caroline Humphrey (Editor), Katherine Verdery (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9781859738825
Number Of Pages: 320

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How has it come about that indigenous cultures, body parts, and sequences of musical notes are considered property? How has the movement from collective to privatized systems affected notions of property? At what point in transaction chains do native cultures, indigenous medicines, or cyberdata become 'objects' and therefore 'propertized', and what are the social, economic, and ethical considerations for such transformations? Addressing these hotly contested issues and many more, Property in Question interrogates the very concept of property and what is happening to it in the contemporary world, in case studies ranging from Romania to Kazakhstan, Africa to North America. The book examines not only the changing character of the property concept, but also its ideological foundations and political usages. Authors address bio-transactions, music copyright, cyberspace, oil prospecting, debates over privatization of land and factories, and dilemmas arising with new forms of ownership of businesses. Offering a fresh perspective on contemporary economic transformation, this volume is a long overdue investigation of the power of the 'private property' concept, as well as an exploration of how the global economy may be subtly, even invisibly, changing what 'property' means and how we relate to it.

'This is a highly stimulating and challenging collection on urgent issues of property, one of the most powerful devices of exclusion and hierarchy. The great contribution lies in its theoretical considerations of new and old property objects and property relationships, as they are socially and spatially grounded. But it branches out into questions of sovereignty, nationality, and the relationship between communities and individuals.' Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology 'A brilliant exploration of the transformation of concepts of property and value at the turn of the millennium. Engaging with the emergence of new forms of property in the post-Communist world, in cyberspace, in intellectual property law, and in relations between indigenous peoples and the state, the essays in this volume push the boundaries of our thinking about one of the central categories of our world.' John Frow, University of Edinburgh 'In all, this is a very thought-provoking collection of essays that extends the scholarship on property in new and exciting directions. It will be welcomed by scholars of property as well as those interested more broadly in post-socialist societies, aboriginal land claims, and/or the relationship between socio-cultural and technological change in the information age.' Paul Nadasdy, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (Vol 11, No 3, September 2005)

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: Raising Questions about Propertyp. 1
The "Things" of Property
Bodily Transactions: Regulating a New Space of Flows in "Bio-information"p. 29
Heritage as Propertyp. 49
The Selective Protection of Musical Ideas: The "Creators" and the Dispossessedp. 69
Crude Properties: The Sublime and Slime of Oil Operations in the Ecuadorian Amazonp. 85
Property, Value, and Liability
Prospecting's Publicsp. 115
The Obligations of Ownership: Restoring Rights to Land in Postsocialist Transylvaniap. 139
Proprietary Regimes and Sociotechnical Systems: Rights over Land in Mongolia's "Age of the Market"p. 161
Cultural Recognition
At Home in the Violence of Recognitionp. 185
Cultural Rights and Wrongs: Uses of the Concept of Propertyp. 207
The Menace of Hawkers: Property Forms and the Politics of Market Liberalization in Mumbaip. 227
Critiquing Property
Value, Relations, and Changing Bodies: Privatization and Property Rights in Kazakhstanp. 251
Economic Claims and the Challenges of New Propertyp. 275
Cyberspatial Properties: Taxing Questions about Proprietary Regimesp. 297
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9781859738825
ISBN-10: 1859738826
Series: Wenner-Gren International Symposium
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 15.44  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.63