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Law, knowledge, culture; the production of indigenous knowledge in intellectual property law,.


Law, knowledge, culture; the production of indigenous knowledge in intellectual property law,

Anderson, Jane E.

Edward Elgar Publishing


255 pages




Anderson (Institute for Law and Society, New York U.) analyzes the emergence of claims about the protection of "indigenous knowledge" within Australia and the effects of the placement of such claims within an intellectual property discourse. He aims to illuminate the range of networks and influences, whether political--cultural, economic, or personal--that produce meaning about indigenous interests in intellectual property law. He also seeks to answer questions concerning the cultural, political, and legal shifts within Australia that have produced the category of indigenous knowledge with the field of intellectual property law, how legal power produces a domain specifically occupied by the concept of indigenous knowledge, and how it seeks to manage such a domain. The investigation is organized into three thematic sections addressing the history of intellectual property law and the cultural functions of law; cases involving the "indigenous" category within Australian intellectual property law that reveal the relationships between legal authority, bureaucratic intervention, and individual action; and the tensions between theory and practice in this area of intellectual property law.

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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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