Property, substance and effect

  • Strathern M
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Abstract

Whether one lives in the developing or the developed world, cultural categories are being dissolved and re-formed at an ever-increasing rate. If the world is shrinking in terms of resources and access to them, it is expanding in terms of new candidates for ownership. This study explores the reification of social relations, raising questions about property, ownership and knowledge. Particular attention is paid to the claims people make through relations with others imagined as relations of body substance, and the increasing visibility of conceptual or intellectual work as property.

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  • Marilyn Strathern

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