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Property, Place and Piracy





ISBN 9780367735654
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

This book takes the concept of piracy as a starting point to discuss the instability of property as a social construction and how this is spatially situated. Piracy is understood as acts and practices that emerge in zones where the construction and definition of property is ambiguous. Media piracy is a frequently used example where file-sharers and copyright holders argue whether culture and information is a common resource to be freely shared or property to be protected. This book highlights that this is not a dilemma unique to immaterial resources: concepts such as property, ownership and the rights of use are just as diffuse when it comes to spatial resources such as land, water, air or urban space.





By structuring the book around this heterogeneous understanding of piracy as an analytical perspective, the editors and contributors advance a trans-disciplinary and multi-theoretical approach to place and property. In doing so, the book moves from theoretical discussions on commons and property to empirical cases concerning access to and appropriation of land, natural and cultural resources. The chapters cover areas such as maritime piracy, the philosophical and legal foundations of property rights, mining and land rights, biopiracy and traditional knowledge, indigenous rights, colonization of space, military expansionism and the enclosure of urban space.





This book is essential reading for a variety of disciplines including indigenous studies, cultural studies, geography, political economy, law, environmental studies and all readers concerned with piracy and the ambiguity of property.

Table of Contents





  1. Introduction: Property, place and piracy


  2. Martin Fredriksson & James Arvanitakis







  3. On Decolonising our Thinking and Cultural Exchange




  4. Ingrid Matthews







  5. Commons, Piracy and Property: Crisis, Conflict and resistance




  6. James Arvanitakis & Martin Fredriksson







  7. Property, Sovereignty, Piracy and the Commons: Early Modern Enclosure and the Foundation of the State




  8. Sean Johnson Andrews







  9. Unreal Property: Anarchism, Anthropology and Alchemy




  10. Jonathan Paul Marshall & Francesca da Rimini







  11. Piratical Constructions of Humanity: Innocence, Property, and the Human-Nature Divide




  12. Sonja Schillings







  13. Mobility in Early Modern Anglo-American Accounts of Piracy




  14. Alexandra Ganser







  15. Compensation in the Absence of Punishment: Rethinking Somali Piracy as a Form of Maritime Xeer




  16. Brittany Gilmer







  17. Commodification of Country: An Australian Case study in Community Resistance to mining




  18. Ingrid Matthews







  19. Privateering on the Cosmic Frontier? Mining Celestial Bodies and the ‘NewSpace’ Quest for Private Property in Outer Space




  20. Matthew Johnson







  21. ‘The Ancestry Land’: China’s Pursuit of Dominance in the South China Sea




  22. Jingdong Yuan







  23. Nuclear Testing and the ‘Terra Nullius Doctrine’: From Life Sciences to Life Writing




  24. Mita Banerjee







  25. From Biopiracy to Bioprospecting: Negotiating the Limits of Propertization




  26. Martin Fredriksson







  27. Gated Housing Hierarchy




  28. Franklin Obeng-Odoom







  29. Pirate Places in Bangkok: IPRs, vendors and Urban Order




  30. Duncan McDuie-Re & Daniel F. Robinson







  31. The Real Gruen Transfer - Enclosing the Right to the City




  32. James Arvanitakis & Spike Boydell







  33. Epilogue




James Arvanitakis & Martin Fredriksson



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Editor(s)

Biography

Martin Fredriksson Almqvist is Assistant Professor at the Department for Culture Studies, Linköping University, Sweden





James Arvanitakis is Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Western Sydney, Australia