In a world of finite resources, expanding populations and widening structural inequalities, the ownership of things is increasingly contested. Not only are the commons being rapidly enclosed and privatized, but the very idea of what can be owned is expanding, generating conflicts over the ownership of resources, ideas, culture, people, and even parts of people. Understanding processes of ownership and appropriation is not only central to anthropological theorizing but also has major practical applications, for policy, legislative development and conflict resolution.Ownership and Appropriation significantly extends anthropology's long-term concern with property by focusing on everyday notions and acts of owning and appropriating. The chapters document the relationship between ownership, subjectivities and personhood; they demonstrate the critical consequences of materiality and immateriality on what is owned; and they examine the social relations of property. By approaching ownership as social communication and negotiation, the text points to a more dynamic and processual understanding of property, ownership and appropriation.
Table of Contents
ForewordChris Hann (Max Planck Institute, Germany)IntroductionMark Busse (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Veronica Strang (University of Auckland, New Zealand)PART ONE - SUBJECTS, PERSONHOOD AND PEOPLEHOODChapter 1. Sharing, Stealing and Borrowing SimultaneouslyMarilyn Strathern (University of Cambridge, UK)Chapter 2. On Having Achieved Appropriation: the Anak Berprestasi of Kepulauan RiauNicholas Long (University of Cambridge, UK)Chapter 3. Appropriating Authentic Practice: Competing Discourses of 'Being There', 'Having Been There' and 'Virtually Being There'Tamara Kohn (University of Melbourne, Australia) Chapter 4. Dreaming in Thread: from Ritual to Art and Property(s) Between Katie Glaskin (University of Western Australia)Chapter 5. The Legal Geographies of Cultural Rights: Community Subjects and their TraditionsRosemary Coombe (York University, UK)PART TWO - MATERIALITY AND IMMATERIALITYChapter 6. Cultural AppropriationTaihakurei (Eddie) Durie (Ngati Kauwhata, Aotearoa, New Zealand)Chapter 7. The Double Movement of Property Rights and Rental Regimes in Papua New GuineaColin Filer (Australian National University) and Michael Lowe (Australian National University)Chapter 8. Fluid Forms: Owning Water in AustraliaVeronica Strang (University of Auckland, New Zealand)Chapter 9. Appropriating Fish, Appropriating Fishermen: Tradable Permits, Natural Resources and Existential UncertaintyMonica Minnegal (University of Melbourne, Australia), Peter Dwyer (University of Melbourne, Australia)Chapter 10. Can't Find Nothing on the Radio: Access to the Radio Frequency Spectrum in NepalMichael Wilmore (University of Adelaide, Australia), Pawan Prakash Upreti (Equal Access Nepal)PART THREE - OWNERSHIP AS SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONChapter 11. The Village That Wasn't There: the Narrative Appropriation of a Tourist DestinationAdam Kaul (Augustana College, USA)Chapter 12. Formed and Forming: the Articulations of Yolngu Art in its ContextsHoward Morphy (Australian National University)Index
Veronica Strang is Executive Director at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, and the author of What Anthropologists Do (2009).Mark Busse is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Auckland.