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Transactions and Creations : Property Debates and The Stimulus of Melanesia - Eric Hirsch

Transactions and Creations

Property Debates and The Stimulus of Melanesia

By: Eric Hirsch (Editor), Marilyn Strathern (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2004
ISBN: 9781571816153
Number Of Pages: 248

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In the early 21st century, intellectual and cultural resources emerge on all sides as candidates for ownership claims. Members of an anthropological research team investigating emergent conomic relations in a part of the world renowned for its innovative approach to resources and transactions, wish to open up the vocabulary. In this unique volume, they bring an unexpected comparative perspective to global debates on intellectual and cultural property rights (IPR and CPR). The contributors bring from Melanesia their collective experience of people initiating, limiting and rationalizing claims through transactions in ways that challenge many of the assumptions behind the international language.

In a bold theoretical move, "property" is put alongside two other terms: "transactions" and "creations." The former have a place in the anthropological tradition that now needs to be brought into the foreground. In turn, increasing interest in protecting intellectual and cultural resources means that questions about creativity have suddenly become pertinent to what is or is not being transacted. Yet is creativity a special preoccupation of modernity? How are we to talk about people's creative practices, when innovation becomes the basis for ownership claims? This book is full of surprises!

- an intellectual coup certain to reorient thinking about the meaning of property and control of cultural production - Together there essays successfully subvert received categories - In this [they] succeed splendidly.A" * PoLAR

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Property
Property Limits: Debates on the Body, Nature and Culturep. 21
Legal Options for the Regulation of Intellectual and Cultural Property in Papua New Guineap. 40
Seeing, Knowing, Owning: Property Claims as Revelatory Actsp. 60
Transactions
Transactions: an Analytical Forayp. 85
Transactions in Perpetual Motionp. 110
Negotiating Interests in Culturep. 132
Creations
Modes of Creativityp. 151
Boundaries of Creation: the Work of Credibility in Science and Ceremonyp. 176
Notes on Contributorsp. 193
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9781571816153
ISBN-10: 1571816151
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 30th November 2004
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5