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Creating Selves

Intellectual Property and the Narration of Culture, 1st Edition

By Johanna Gibson


178 pages

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The concept of creativity, together with concerns over access to creativity and knowledge, are currently the subject of international debate and unprecedented public attention, particularly in the context of international developments in intellectual property laws. Not only are there significant developments at the legal level, with increasing moves towards stronger and harmonized protection for intellectual property, but also there is intense public interest in the concepts of creativity, authorship, personality, and knowledge. In Creating Selves, Johanna Gibson addresses strategic responses to intellectual property, and suggests alternative models for encouraging, rewarding, and disseminating creative and innovative output, which are built upon a critical analysis of and approach to the debate and to the concept of creativity itself. Drawing upon critical theories in authorship, literature, music, the sciences and the arts, Gibson suggests a radical re-consideration of the notion of creativity in the intellectual property debate and the means by which to encourage and sustain creativity in contemporary society.


'The necessary link between intellectual property rights and the promotion of creativity and innovation has become a government and industry mantra in recent years. Dr Gibson subjects the claim to searching and thought-provoking scrutiny, drawing effectively on a wide range of inter-disciplinary sources to provide fresh perspectives with important implications for relevant policy and practice in the field.' Hector L. MacQueen, University of Edinburgh, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Culture wars; Creativity; Creating self; Negotiating self; Creating selves; After word; Resources; Index.

About the Author

Dr Johanna Gibson is Reader in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Her first book, Community Resources, was published with Ashgate in 2005.

About the Series

Globalization and Law

Globalization and Law
Globalization is a key focus of study in the social sciences. Globalization processes have a fundamental impact on the sovereignty of states and their citizens. Law forms part of the regulatory dialogue of globalization and is centrally implicated in these processes, while the rule of law itself is globalizing as a value. This series is devoted to an exploration of the role of law in globalization and providing cross-disciplinary understanding of the ways in which law and globalization are inter-linked. It will be an international resource for scholars, policy-makers and regulators working on globalization in the fields of law, international economics, political economy, international relations, political science and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Intellectual Property / General