1st Edition

Property, Place and Piracy

Edited By Martin Fredriksson, James Arvanitakis Copyright 2018
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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