Property, Territory, Globalization: Struggles over Autonomy

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William D. Coleman
UBC Press, May 10, 2011 - Political Science - 320 pages

In a world of flux and globalization, when old territories are dissolving and new nations and political unions are coming together, who controls ideas, information, and creativity? Who patrols the new frontiers? This volume opens a window to the dark side of globalization and the struggles for autonomy it has generated. The chapters focus on property regimes in crisis as sites where globalization, autonomy, and the political economy of international capitalism intersect. Sites of friction -- indigenous land claims, BC forest disputes, conflicts between farmers and the patent owners of genetically modified seeds -- demonstrate not only how property laws and intellectual property rights are supporting the expansion of private property regimes but also how local activists are using a politics of place to resist these forces. The work of Palestinian poets, whose attachment to the land is explored in a powerful Coda at the end of the book, shows that a politics of place can help local actors build new bases of autonomy to withstand the forces of globalization.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Globalization of International Law Indigenous Identity and the New Constitutionalism
29
3 Lifeworlds and Property
56
4 Making Forests Normal
80
5 Contested Autonomy
101
6 Globalization Intellectual Property and the Emergence of New Property Types
122
7 Competing or Relational Autonomies?
148
8 Plant Genetic Resources Farmers Rights and the Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights
172
9 Globalization without World Order
195
10 Property Rites
217
Notes and Acknowledgments
239
Works Cited
251
Contributors
282
Index
285
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William D. Coleman is CIGI Chair in Globalization and Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.

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

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