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Privatization: Property and the Remaking of Nature-Society Relations

Privatization: Property and the Remaking of Nature-Society Relations

Becky Mansfield (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-30676-7 March 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 184 Pages

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Description

Contemporary privatization remakes nature-society as property and transforms people’s relationships to themselves, each other, and the natural world. This groundbreaking collection provides the first systematic analysis of neo-liberal privatization. Rich case studies of privatization in the making reveal both the pivotal role that privatization plays in neoliberalism and new opportunities for challenging neo-liberal hegemony.
  • Rich case studies linked to broader questions on neoliberalism
  • Illustrates the importance of property relation and the complexities existing in the meaning and practice of property
  • Extends current geographical scholarship on neoliberalism –including neoliberalism and nature
  • Each essay touches on the disciplinary, regulatory dimensions of privatization
  • Highlights the importance of privatization, both broadly and specifically
Introduction: Becky Mansfield.

1. The Fictions of Autonomous Invention: Accumulation by Dispossession, Commodification and Life Patents in Canada (Scott Prudham).

2. The 'Commons' Versus the 'Commodity': Alter-globalization, Anti-privatization and the Human Right to Water in the Global South (Karen Bakker).

3. The Polanyian Way? Voluntary Food Labels as Neoliberal Governance (Julie Guthman).

4. Property, Markets, and Dispossession: The Western Alaska Community Development Quota as Neoliberalism, Social Justice, Both, and Neither (Becky Mansfield).

5. Discovering Price in All the Wrong Places: The Work of Commodity Definition and Price under Neoliberal Environmental Policy (Morgan Robertson).

6. The Difference that Class Makes: Neoliberalization and Non-Capitalism in the Fishing Industry of New England (Kevin St Martin).

7. Land Reform in the Time of Neoliberalism: A Many-Splendored Thing (Wendy Wolford).

Index.

?This collection is both complex and thought provoking. ? This book offers a much needed critical edge to exploring the contested space characterized by the co-modification of nature and the remaking of nature ? society relations as property.? (International Journal of Social Welfare , July 2009)

  • Rich case studies linked to broader questions on neoliberalism
  • Illustrates the importance of property relation and the complexities existing in the meaning and practice of property
  • Extends current geographical scholarship on neoliberalism –including neoliberalism and nature
  • Each essay touches on the disciplinary, regulatory dimensions of privatization
  • Highlights the importance of privatization, both broadly and specifically