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.
Introduction: Property, Place & Piracy, Martin Fredriksson Almqvist and James Arvanitakis
Chapter 1: Commons, Piracy and the Crisis of Property, James Arvanitakis, Spike Boydell and Martin Fredriksson Almqvist
Chapter 2: The Concept of the Commons in the age of extractionism: From sea to land to code, Martin Fredriksson Almqvist
Chapter 3: Property, sovereignty, piracy and the commons: early modern enclosure and the foundation of the state, Sean Johnson Andrews
Chapter 4: Unreal Property: Anarchism, Anthropology and Alchemy, Jonathan Marshall & Francesca da Rimini
Chapter 5: Piracy and Mobility in Anglophone Atlantic Literature and Culture, Alexandra Ganser
Chapter 6: An Attack to the Growth of the Imperial Body: John Locke, Colonial Piracy, and Property, Sonja Schillings
Chapter 7: Piracy and the maritime commons, Amedeo Policante
Chapter 8: Compensation in the Absence of Punishment: Rethinking Somali Piracy as a Form of Maritime Xeer, Brittany Gilmer
Chapter 9: Creation and protection of private property rights by the state: an Australian case study, Ingrid Matthews
Chapter 10: The Knitting Pirate: Craft as Resistance and Property Intervention, Johanna Dahlin
Chapter 11: Piracy on the celestial frontier? The ‘NewSpace’ quest for the privatisation of the outer space commons, Matthew Johnson
Chapter 12: Outer Space Property and Piracy, Kim Ellis
Chapter 13: 'The Ancestry Land': Land Reclamation and China’s Pursuit of Dominance in the South China Sea, Jingdong Yuan
Chapter 14: Nuclear Testing and the 'Terra Nullius Doctrine': From Life Sciences to Life Writing, Mita Banerjee
Chapter 15: Biopiracy or bioprospecting: Negotiating the limits of propertization, Martin Fredriksson Almqvist
Chapter 16: Pirate Places in Bangkok: the regulation of the urban vendor and market/mall-spaces, Daniel F. Robinson and Duncan McDuie-Ra
Chapter 17: Gated Housing Enclaves in Ghana: Property, People, and Place, Franklin Obeng-Odoom
Chapter 18: The Real Gruen Transfer - Enclosing the Right to the City, James Arvanitakis and Spike Boydell
Chapter 19: Epilogue, Martin Fredriksson Almqvist and James Arvanitakis
Real Property Rights are central to the global economy and provide a legal framework for how society (be it developed or customary) relates to land and buildings. We need to better understand property rights to ensure sustainable societies, careful use of limited resources and sound ecological stewardship of our land and water. Contemporary property rights theory is dynamic and needs to engage thinkers who are prepared to think outside their disciplinary limitations.
The Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series strives to take a transdisciplinary approach to understanding property rights and specifically encourages heterodox thinking. Through rich international case studies, the goal of the series is to build models to connect theory to observed reality, informing potential policy outcomes. This series is both an ideal forum and reference for students and scholars of property rights and land issues.
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