Transactions and Creations (inbunden)
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Hirsch, Eric (ed.), Strathern, Marilyn (ed.)
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Transactions and Creations

Property Debates and The Stimulus of Melanesia

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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, propertyA" is put alongside two other terms: transactionsA" and creations.A" 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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- 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

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As social anthropologists, Eric Hirsch and Marilyn Strathern share a common interest in technological and social change as well as in Melanesian societies, where both have carried out first-hand fieldwork. Earlier collaboration on kinship and the new reproductive technologies in the UK, a pioneering investigation, was one impetus for this equally unique venture.


Preface Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction Marilyn Strathern and Eric Hirsch PART I: PROPERTY Chapter 1. Property Limits: Debates on the Body, Nature and Culture Stuart Kirsch Chapter 2. Legal Options for the Regulation of Intellectual and Cultural Property in Papua New Guinea Lawrence Kalinoe Chapter 3. Seeing, Knowing, Owning: Property Claims as Revelatory Acts Melissa Demian PART II: TRANSACTIONS Chapter 4. Transactions: an Analytical Foray Marilyn Strathern Chapter 5. Transactions in Perpetual Motion Tony Crook Chapter 6. Negotiating Interests in Culture Karen Sykes PART III: CREATIONS Chapter 7. Modes of Creativity James Leach Chapter 8. Boundaries of Creation: the Work of Credibility in Science and Ceremony Eric Hirsch Notes on Contributors Bibliography Index