Transactions and Creations: Property Debates and the Simulus of Melanesia

Transactions and Creations: Property Debates and the Simulus of Melanesia

by Eric Hirsch, Hirsch Strathern, Marilyn Strathern
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571816151

ISBN-13: 9781571816153

Pub. Date: 08/14/2004

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

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

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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!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571816153
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/14/2004
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Property limits : debates on the body, nature and culture21
2Legal options for the regulation of intellectual and cultural property in Papua New Guinea40
3Seeing, knowing, owning : property claims as revelatory acts60
4Transactions : an analytical foray85
5Transactions in perpetual motion110
6Negotiating interests in culture132
7Modes of creativity151
8Boundaries of creation : the work of credibility in science and ceremony176

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