Property, Territory, Globalization
320 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jan 2012
Release Date:10 May 2011
Release Date:15 Apr 2011

Property, Territory, Globalization

Struggles over Autonomy

UBC Press

In a world of flux, when old territories are dissolving and newnations and entities such as the European Union are coming together,who controls goods and services, ideas, information, and creativity?Who patrols the new frontiers?

This volume opens a window to the dark side of globalization and thestruggles for autonomy it has generated. The chapters focus on propertyregimes in crisis as sites where globalization, autonomy, and thepolitical economy of international capitalism intersect. Sites offriction – from indigenous land claims to disputes overforests in British Columbia to conflicts between traditional farmersand the patent owners of genetically modified seeds –demonstrate not only how property laws and intellectual property rightsare supporting the expansion of private property regimes throughenclosures but also how local activists are using a politics of placeto resist these forces.

Indigenous peoples around the world continue to win major landclaims during an era of increased corporate control over property. Thework of Palestinian poets, whose attachment to the land is explored ina powerful Coda in the last chapter of the book, shows that a politicsof place can help local actors build new bases of autonomy to withstandthe forces of globalization.

This interdisciplinary volume will be of interest to students and
scholars in diverse disciplines, including globalization studies,
anthropology, political science, native studies, geography, and law.

William D. Coleman is CIGI Chair in Globalizationand Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs anda professor in the Department of Political Science at the University ofWaterloo.

Contributors: A. Claire Cutler, Daniel Gorman, AnnaGreenspan, Jasmin Habib, Eva Mackey, Sharlene Mollett, Susan M.Preston, Scott Prudham, Austina J. Reed



1   Introduction: Property, Autonomy, Territory, and Globalization /Scott Prudham and William D. Coleman

2    TheGlobalization of International Law, Indigenous Identity, and the NewConstitutionalism / A. Claire Cutler

3    Lifeworldsand Property: Epistemological Challenges to Cree Concepts of Land inthe Twentieth Century / Susan M. Preston

4    MakingForests “Normal”: Sustained Yield, Improvement, and theEstablishment of Globalist Forestry in British Columbia / ScottPrudham

5    ContestedAutonomy: Globalization and Miskito Customary Property Rights in theRio Plantano Biosphere Reserve / Sharlene Mollett

6   Globalization, Intellectual Property, and the Emergence of New PropertyTypes / Daniel Gorman

7   Competing or Relational Autonomies? Globalization, Property, andFriction over Land Rights / Eva Mackey

8    PlantGenetic Resources, Farmers’ Rights, and the Globalization ofIntellectual Property Rights: Reinforcing Asymmetries in Autonomies /William D. Coleman and Austina J. Reed

9   Globalization without World Order: Intellectual Property and ItsDiscontents / Anna Greenspan


10    Property Rites:Cultural Narrations of the Palestinian Catastrophe / JasminHabib

Notes and Acknowledgments

Works Cited


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