Treasured Possessions: Indigenous Interventions into Cultural and Intellectual Property (BOK)

Haidy Geismar

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What happens when ritual practitioners from a small Pacific nation make an intellectual property claim to bungee jumping? When a German company successfully sues to defend its trademark of a Maori name? Or when UNESCO deems ephemeral sand drawings to be "intangible cultural heritage"? In Treasured Possessions, Haidy Geismar examines how global forms of cultural and intellectual property are being redefined by everyday people and policymakers in two markedly different Pacific nations. The New Hebrides, a small archipelago in Melanesia managed jointly by Britain and France until 1980, is now the independent nation-state of Vanuatu, with a population that is more than 95 per cent indigenous. New Zealand, by contrast, is a settler-state and former British colony that engages with its entangled Polynesian and British heritage through an ethos of "biculturalism" that is meant to involve an indigenous population of just 15 per cent. Alternative notions of property, resources, and heritage - informed by distinct national histories - are emerging in both countries. These property claims are advanced in national and international settings, but they emanate from specific communities and cultural landscapes, and they are grounded in an awareness of ancestral power and inheritance. They reveal intellectual and cultural property to be not only legal constructs but also powerful ways of asserting indigenous identities and sovereignties.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Haidy Geismar
Forlag
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822354277
Antall sider 328 Dimensjoner 16,8cm x 21,6cm x 2cm
Vekt 567 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Indigenous peoples