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Type: Journal article
Title: The dialectic of creativity and ownership in intellectual property discourse
Author: Moutu, Andrew
Citation: International Journal of Cultural Property, 2009; 16:309-324
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0940-7391
School/Discipline: School of Social Sciences : Anthropology
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Andrew Moutu
Abstract: Ownership is often understood merely as a function of social relations, that is, it emerges merely because of the relations between people with respect to the things that they own. Concomitantly ownership is also seen as being dependent upon creativity to bring its force into motion. Far from dismissing such a view of ownership, it is acknowledged that such a view possibly comes from a world that is preoccupied with creativity. This discussion aims to show a particular kind of dialectic between creativity and ownership that underlies discourses about intellectual property especially in countries like Papua New Guinea. Through an ethnographic concern with personal names and their attendant claims to ownership and creativity, this paper aims to show how two trajectories of ownership co-exist in a Papua New Guinea society.
Rights: Copyright © 2009 International Cultural Property Society
RMID: 0020096644
DOI: 10.1017/S094073910999021X
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