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Property in Question


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Introduction: Raising Questions about Property Caroline Humphrey and Katherine Verdery Part I: The 'Things' of Property Bodily Transactions: Regulating a New Space of Flows in 'Bio-Information' Bronwyn Parry Heritage as Property Michael A. Brown The Selective Protection of Musical Ideas: The 'Creators' and the Dispossessed Anthony Seeger Crude Properties: The Sublime and Slime of Oil Operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon Suzana Sawyer Part II: Property, Value and Liability Prospecting's Publics Cori Hayden The Obligations of Ownership: Restoring Rights to Land in Postsocialist Transylvania Katherine Verdery Proprietary Regimes and Sociotechnical Systems: Rights over Land in Mongolia's 'Age of the Market' David Sneath Part III: Cultural Recognition At Home in the Violence of Recognition Elizabeth Povinelli Cultural Rights and Wrongs: Uses of the Concept of Property Michael Rowlands The Menace of Hawkers: Property Forms and the Politics of Market Liberalization in Mumbai Arvind Rajagopal Part IV: Critiquing Property Value, Relations, and Changing Bodies: Privatization and Property Rights in Kazakhstan Catherine Alexander Economic Claims and the Challenges of New Property Carol M. Rose Cyberspatial Properties: Taxing Questions about Proprietary Regimes Bill Maurer

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Also available in hardback, 9781859738825 GBP55.00 (May, 2004)

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Katherine Verdery Eric R. Wolf Professor of Anthropology and Interim Chair,University of Michigan Caroline Humphrey Professor of Asian Anthropology, University of Cambridge


'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)

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