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"Culture" and Culture

Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Rights

Brazilian anthropologist Manuela Carneiro da Cunha examines here the complex meaning—and anthropological implications—of the word “culture” for indigenous peoples. Caneiro da Cunha explores the contradictions inherent in the interface between Western and traditional understandings of knowledge and intellectual property rights. 

Distinguishing culture from “culture,” the latter being a reflexive awareness of one’s culture, Carneiro da Cunha then poses questions such as: What are the cognitive and pragmatic consequences when “culture” and culture coexist? She shows how the word “culture,” as used in the anthropological sense, is employed by indigenous people to distinguish the different interpretations and avoid contradictions. “Culture” and Culture offers a concise and innovative anthropological study of a crucial issue faced by indigenous peoples the world over.


80 pages | 3 halftones | 4 1/2 x 7 | © 2009

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology


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Table of Contents

Cantes de Ida y Vuelta

 

A First Story

 

How Do Negotiations About Traditional Knowledge Arise in the First Place?

 

UN Talk on Traditional Knowledge: The Brundtland Report and the Earth Summit

 

The Convention on Biological Diversity

 

International Indigenous Declarations

 

Traditional Knowledge Regimes as Figments of Different Imaginations

 

National Legislations

 

Traditional Knowledge and Nationalism

 

Extreme Diffidence and the Rise of Esoteric Knowledge

 

Contracts, Associations, Projects

 

The Krahó Imbroglio: Legitimacy, Mirroring, Collectives and Pragmatic Understanding

 

The Frog Story

 

The Biochemist’s Story

 

The Ethnographers’ Story

 

“Culture” vs. Culture

 

Reflexivity and Its Effects (With Thanks to Mauro Almeida)

 

Regimes of Knowledge

 

Our Own Regime of Knowledge

 

“Culture” Talk, Kastom Talk

 

“Culture” and Culture Belong to Different Realms

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