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1st Edition


Edited By

Margaret Davies

ISBN 9780415708784
Published July 15, 2015 by Routledge
1600 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The editor of this new Routledge collection reminds us that ‘property is one of the most unassailable concepts of modern Western legal systems’. The need for individuals and companies to be able to control and manipulate property—including, among other things, rights in land, objects, patents, and copyrights—is foundational not only to modern economies, but also to our very identities, our liberties, and our relationships. Indeed, the secure creation and protection of property is regarded as a fundamental part of most civilized legal systems and it is even regarded by many as a necessary and pre-legal facet of human society itself. But the existence and concept of private property has always been subject to critique, from the Diggers to Marx and anarchist movements, to conscientious objectors to intellectual property, modern land reformers, and campaigners for decolonization. The nature, justification, distribution, forms, and meanings of property continue to be hugely controversial, particularly in a context of diminishing resources, environmental stress, and an expanding class of owners across the world. Recent academic theory emphasizes alternatives to mainstream property thinking, as well as a renewed interest in the commons as an alternative—in some spheres—to endless private commodification.

Property meets the need for an authoritative reference work to help researchers and students navigate and make sense of a huge—and growing—scholarly literature. The collection is made up of four volumes which bring together the best and most influential canonical and trailblazing research.

Fully indexed and with a comprehensive introduction newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context, Property is an essential reference work, destined to be valued by scholars and students as a vital research resource.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Defining Property

1. C. B. MacPherson, ‘The Meaning of Property’, in MacPherson (ed.), Property: Mainstream and Critical Positions (University of Toronto Press, 1978), pp. 1–14.

2. Morris Cohen, ‘Property and Sovereignty’, Cornell Law Quarterly, 1927, 13, 8–30.

3. A. M. Honoré, ‘Ownership’, in A. G. Guest (ed.), Oxford Essays in Jurisprudence (Oxford University Press, 1961), pp. 107–47.

4. Charles A. Reich, ‘The New Property’, Yale Law Journal, 1964, 73, 733–87.

5. Kevin Gray, ‘Property in Thin Air’, Cambridge Law Journal, 1991, 50, 252–307.

6. Carol Rose, ‘"Takings" and the Practices of Property: Property as Wealth, Property as "Propriety"’, Property and Persuasion: Essays on the History, Theory, and Rhetoric of Ownership (Westview Press, 1994), pp. 49–70.

7. Gregory S. Alexander et al., ‘A Statement of Progressive Property’, Cornell Law Review, 2009, 94, 743–4.

8. James P. Karp, ‘A Private Property Duty of Stewardship: Changing Our Land Ethic’, Environmental Law, 1993, 23, 735–62.

9. Laura S. Underkuffler, ‘On Property: An Essay’, Yale Law Journal, 1990–1, 100, 127–48.

10. Nicholas Blomley, ‘Performing Property: Making the World’, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 2013, 26, 23–48.

11. Joseph W. Singer, ‘Introduction’, Entitlement: The Paradoxes of Property (Yale University Press, 2000), pp. 1–18.

12. Bradley Bryan, ‘Property as Ontology: On Aboriginal and English Understandings of Ownership’, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 2000, 13, 3–31.

13. Nin Tomas, ‘Maori Concepts of Rangatiratanga, Kaitiakitanga, the Environment, and Property Rights’, in David Grinlinton and Prue Taylor (eds.), Property Rights and Sustainability: The Evolution of Property Rights to Meet Ecological Challenges (Martinus Nijhoff, 2011), pp. 219–48.

14. Margaret Davies, ‘Meanings’, Property: Meanings, Histories, Theories (Routledge-Cavendish, 2007), pp. 23–48.

Volume II: Constituting, Justifying, and Contesting Property

15. William Blackstone, ‘Of Property in General’, Commentaries on the Laws of England, ed. Wayne Morrison (Cavendish Publishing, 2001), pp. 1–15.

16. Carol Rose, ‘Canons of Property Talk, or, Blackstone’s Anxiety’, Yale Law Journal, 1998, 108, 601–32.

17. John Locke, ‘Chapter V. Of Property’, ‘An Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent, and End of Civil Government (The Second Treatise of Government)’, Two Treatises of Government, ed. Peter Laslett (Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp. 285–302.

18. Richard Arneson, ‘Lockean Self-Ownership: Towards a Demolition’, Political Studies, 1991, 39, 36–54.

19. Herman Lebovics, ‘The Uses of America in Locke’s Second Treatise of Government’, Journal of the History of Ideas, 47, 567–81.

20. James Tully, ‘Rediscovering America: The Two Treatises and Aboriginal Rights’, in G. A. J. Rogers (ed.), Locke’s Philosophy: Content and Context (Clarendon Press, 1994), pp. 165–96.

21. Barbara Arneil, ‘Trade, Plantations, and Property: John Locke and the Economic Defense of Colonialism’, Journal of the History of Ideas, 1994, 55, 591–609.

22. G. W. F. Hegel, ‘Property’, Philosophy of Right, ed. T. M. Knox (Oxford University Press, 1952), pp. 40–57.

23. Margaret Jane Radin, ‘Property and Personhood’, Stanford Law Review, 1982, 34, 957–1015.

24. Michael Salter, ‘Justifying Private Property Rights: A Message from Hegel’s Jurisprudential Writings’, Legal Studies, 1987, 7, 245–62.

25. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, ‘Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality Among Mankind, Second Part’, The Social Contract and the First and Second Discourses, ed. Susan Dunn (Yale University Press, 2002), pp. 113–38.

26. Pierre Proudhon, ‘Of the Causes of Errors’, ‘Characteristics of Communism and of Property’, and ‘Determination of the Third Social Form’, What is Property?, eds. Donald Kelley and Bonnie Smith (Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 189–217.

27. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, ‘Manifesto of the Communist Party’, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: Selected Works (Lawrence and Wishart, 1968), pp. 35–53.

28. Stefan Andreasson, ‘Stand and Deliver: Private Property and the Politics of Global Dispossession’, Political Studies, 2006, 54, 3–22.

29. J. W. Harris, ‘Is Property a Human Right?’, in Janet McLean (ed.), Property and the Constitution (Hart Publishing, 1999), pp. 64–87.

30. William Fisher, ‘Theories of Intellectual Property’, in Stephen R. Munzer (ed.), New Essays in the Legal and Political Theory of Property (Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp. 168–99.

Volume III: Subjects and Objects of Property

31. Martha Woodmansee, ‘The Genius and the Copyright: Economic and Legal Conditions of the Emergence of the "Author"’, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1984, 17, 425–48.

32. J. E. Penner, ‘The Objects of Property: The Separability Thesis’, The Idea of Property in Law (Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 105–27.

33. Jennifer Nedelsky, ‘Law, Boundaries, and the Bounded Self’, Representations, 1990, 30, 162–89.

34. Ngaire Naffine, ‘The Legal Structure of Self-Ownership: Or the Self-Possessed Man and the Woman Possessed’, Journal of Law and Society, 1998, 25, 193–212.

35. Beverley Skeggs, ‘Exchange, Value, and Affect: Bourdieu and "The Self"’, Sociological Review, 2004, 52, 76–95.

36. Cheryl I. Harris, ‘Whiteness as Property’, Harvard Law Review, 1993, 106, 1710–45.

37. Anne Phillips, ‘It’s My Body and I’ll Do What I Like With It: Bodies as Objects and Property’, Political Theory, 2011, 39, 724–48.

38. John Frow, ‘"Elvis" Fame: The Commodity Form and the Form of the Person’, Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature, 1995, 7, 131–71.

39. Rosemary Coombe, ‘The Properties of Culture and the Politics of Possessing Identity: Native Claims in the Cultural Appropriation Controversy’, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 1993, 6, 249–85.

40. Naomi Roht-Arriaza, ‘Of Seeds and Shamans: The Appropriation of the Scientific and Technical Knowledge of Indigenous and Local Communities’, in Bruce Ziff and Pratima V Rao (eds.), Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation (Rutgers University Press, 1997), pp. 255–87.

41. Alain Pottage, ‘The Inscription of Life in Law: Genes, Patents, and Biopolitics’, Modern Law Review, 1998, 61, 740–65.

42. Gary Francione, ‘Animals—Property or Persons’, in Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum (eds.), Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions (Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 108–41.

43. Steven J. Horowitz, ‘Competing Lockean Claims to Virtual Property’, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, 2007, 20, 443–58.

44. Sara Grimes, ‘Online Multiplayer Games: A Virtual Space for Intellectual Property Debates?’, New Media and Society, 2006, 8, 969–90.

Volume IV: Public-Private Spaces, the Commons, and the Public Domain

45. Eric T. Freyfogle, ‘Goodbye to the Public-Private Divide’, Environmental Law, 2006, 7, 7–24.

46. Anne Bottomley, ‘A Trip to the Mall: Revisiting the Public/Private Divide’, in Hilary Lim and Anne Bottomley (eds.), Feminist Perspectives on Land Law (Routledge-Cavendish, 2007), pp. 65–96.

47. Jane Holder and Tatiana Flessas, ‘Emerging Commons’, Social and Legal Studies, 2008, 17, 299–310.

48. Garrett Hardin, ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’, Science, 1968, 162, 1243–8.

49. Elinor Ostrom, ‘Revisiting the Commons: Local Lessons, Global Challenges’, Science, 1999, 284, 278–82.

50. David Harvey, ‘The Future of the Commons’, Radical History Review, 2011, 109, 101–7.

51. William Lucy and Catherine Mitchell, ‘Replacing Private Property: The Case for Stewardship’, Cambridge Law Journal, 1996, 55, 566–600.

52. Michael Heller, ‘The Tragedy of the Anticommons: A Concise Introduction and Lexicon’, Modern Law Review, 2013, 76, 6–25.

53. Davina Cooper, ‘Opening Up Ownership: Community Belonging, Belongings, and the Productive Life of Property’, Law and Social Inquiry, 2007, 32, 3, 625–64.

54. Kathryn Milun, ‘An Emergent Global Commons’, The Political Uncommons: The Cross-Cultural Logic of the Global Commons (Ashgate, 2011), pp. 19–47.

55. James Boyle, ‘The Second Enclosure Movement and the Construction of the Public Domain’, Law and Contemporary Problems, 2003, 66, 33–74.

56. John Cahir, ‘The Withering Away of Property: The Rise of the Internet Information Commons’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2004, 24, 619–41.

57. Lawrence Lessig, ‘Recrafting a Public Domain’, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, 2006, 18, 56–83.

58. Anupam Chander and Madhavi Sunder, ‘The Romance of the Public Domain’, California Law Review, 2004, 92, 1331–73.

59. Kimberly Christen, ‘Gone Digital: Aboriginal Remix and the Cultural Commons’, International Journal of Cultural Property, 2005, 12, 315–45.

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