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The commons, property, and ownership

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Katharina Bodirsky

then sketch an approach to the commons that centers on the notion of property regimes. My suggestion will be that we define the commons as a (common-pool) resource that can be managed in principle through various property regimes, that we approach

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Patrick Cockburn

precedents are set. But the judges’ comments here capture a more specific legal and philosophical problem about the rule of law that is posed by the entrance of ‘need’ into questions of property rights: is not the concept of ‘need’ impossible to integrate

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David Casassas and Jordi Mundó

The Commonness of the Absolutist Interpretive Conjuncture of Property One of the main problems facing the study of philosophical and political traditions concerns the plausibility of their interpretations of past social, economic and legal

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Caroline Humphrey

Dominant approaches to fear in the social sciences and humanities tend to consider fear as a negative and disempowering emotion. Such analyses conceptualise fear as an indistinct mass phenomenon, a characteristic of an abstraction, such as ‘risk society’ or ‘culture of fear’ or ‘dictatorial power’. By contrast, this paper examines the structure of the experience and management of fear by individual subjects, and relates this to questions of morality and self‐reflection. Using the cases of omens and horror movies, it is shown how fear is evoked and ‘managed’ within assemblages, which might include other people, frightening objects, ghosts, animals, diseases, technologies, or monsters. One is conscious of one's own fear and hence fear itself can become another ‘thing’, a property, which somehow must be dealt with. The theoretical proposition here is that fear need not be conceptualised as all‐embracing. An emotion such as fear is ‘mine’ / ‘ours’ and contained within an identity; and yet, being a relation, it puts into question the connection between this passing element of what we think of as ‘self’ with the world outside. Such an approach opens the possibility of examining the management of fear, its coming and going over time, the evaluations that are made of it (as noble, despicable, justified, irrational, etc.), and the entitlements it provides in society. In particular, it raises the question of attitudes towards other humans as objects of fear, and the circumstances in which they are repudiated or, to the contrary, embraced.

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Private, Public and Common

Republican and Socialist Blueprints

Bru Laín and Edgar Manjarín

Discourses around property ownership respond to heterogeneous and even confronted historical and political-philosophical accounts. These discourses may differ not only in the content and the nature of the institution of property and its correlated

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Reclaiming the lake

Citizenship and environment-as-common-property in highland Peru

Mattias Borg Rasmussen

environmental issue is transformed into a matter of citizenship and social belonging. Having direct impacts on water, land, and territory, mining raises questions about the management and property regimes of these resources and how they are negotiated (or

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María Rosario Polotto and Pamela Alejandra Cacciavillani

of the State. 3 Together with the relationship between code and nation-state, the link that emerges from the market is key to understanding the regulation of “rights in rem” or “real rights” (that is, limited property rights that are absolute rights

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Anatoly N. Sleptsov, Irina A. Sleptsova, Antonina A. Vinokurova, and Alina A. Nakhodkina

In the age of globalization, as intellectual property rights have grown in importance, the Internet has proliferated, and new indigenous knowledge has become available, awareness of the insecurity of indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic

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Liviu Chelcea

swing. In 1991, two years before his death, Nicolae's son wrote a will of his own, with one of his nephews, along with the future president's wife and her mother, as beneficiaries. These three heirs tried to reclaim the property of the couple but failed

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Love, drugs and the remaking of Hispano inheritance

Angela Garcia

This article explores the changing nature of inheritance among Hispanos in northern New Mexico. Specifically, it examines how Hispano families have reworked the traditional application of inheritance, referring to property passed down the generations, to conceive of heroin addiction as ‘inherited’. It shows how this emerging formation of inheritance is shaped by, and refracts back upon, past configurations of property and belonging. This article reflects on intergenerational addiction as a modality of connection and continuity, but one that is entangled with experiences of loss. It highlights the implications of this tension for anthropological understandings of inheritance, addiction and the embodiment of history.