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Property, Territory, Globalization

Struggles over Autonomy

In a world of flux, as old territorial borders dissolve and new nations come 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 – from forest disputes to Indigenous land claims to conflicts between farmers and the patent owners of genetically modified seeds. The work of Palestinian poets, whose attachment to the land is explored in a powerful Coda, shows that a politics of place brings to the fore intense feelings of attachment, something common to all struggles over territory and autonomy.

Table of Contents



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

2          The Globalization of International Law, Indigenous Identity, and the New Constitutionalism / A. Claire Cutler

3          Lifeworlds and Property: Epistemological Challenges to Cree Concepts of Land in the Twentieth Century / Susan M. Preston

4          Making Forests “Normal”: Sustained Yield, Improvement, and the Establishment of Globalist Forestry in British Columbia / Scott Prudham

5          Contested Autonomy: Globalization and Miskito Customary Property Rights in the Rio Plantano Biosphere Reserve / Sharlene Mollett

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

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

8          Plant Genetic Resources, Farmers’ Rights, and the Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights: Reinforcing Asymmetries in Autonomies / William D. Coleman and Austina J. Reed

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

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