This book draws upon domestication science to undertake a radical reappraisal of the jurisprudence of property and intellectual property.
Bringing together animal studies and legal philosophy, it articulates a critique of dominant property models and relationships from the perspective of cognitive ethology, domestication science and animal behaviour. In doing so, a radical new picture of property emerges. Focusing on the emergence of property models through prevailing ideas of human domestication and settlement, the book challenges the anthropocentrism that informs standard approaches to ownership and to authorship. Utilising a wide range of examples from ethology and animal studies, the book thus rethinks the very nature of property as uniquely human.
This highly original contribution to the fields of property and intellectual property will appeal not only to legal scholars in these areas, as well as in animal law, but also to legal theorists and others working in the social sciences with interests in posthumanism and animal studies.
Preface: The Hunter and the Farmer and That Dog
Owned, A Dogged Tale of Property
Domestication, the Stone Age
Territory, the Space Age
Dominance, the Machine Age
Altruism, the Social Age
Not the end of it