Property Relations: Renewing the Anthropological Tradition

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The anthropological tradition approaches property as a 'bundle of rights' and property relationships as social relationships. Rejecting both liberal and socialist approaches, which often neglect the wider social and cultural contexts of property, the contributors to this volume renew and extend the anthropological perspective. The ethnographic case studies include accounts of sharing among hunter-gatherers and herders in Africa and 'intelligence gathering' among Siberian herders, land appropriation from native ...
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Overview

The anthropological tradition approaches property as a 'bundle of rights' and property relationships as social relationships. Rejecting both liberal and socialist approaches, which often neglect the wider social and cultural contexts of property, the contributors to this volume renew and extend the anthropological perspective. The ethnographic case studies include accounts of sharing among hunter-gatherers and herders in Africa and 'intelligence gathering' among Siberian herders, land appropriation from native Americans, and problems of ownership and disposal in Melanesia. Other essays cover contemporary property issues in Northern Cyprus, Romania, Britain and Japan.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521596367
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: the embeddedness of property 1
2 'Sharing is not a form of exchange': an analysis of property-sharing in immediate-return hunter-gatherer societies 48
3 Property as a way of knowing on Evenki lands in Arctic Siberia 64
4 Property and social relations in Melanesian anthropology 85
5 The mystery of property: inheritance and industrialization in England and Japan 104
6 An unsettled frontier: property, blood and US federal policy 124
7 Property values: ownership, legitimacy and land markets in Northern Cyprus 142
8 Property and power in Transylvania's decollectivization 160
9 Property rights, regulation and environmental protection: some Anglo-Romanian contrasts 181
10 Dowry and the rights of women to property 201
11 Divisions of interest and languages of ownership 214
Notes 233
Bibliography 254
Index 271
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