Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dis-owning knowledge: Anarchist intervention in intellectual property rights
by Shank, Cara Elizabeth, M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009, 49; 1463692
Abstract (Summary)

Several streams of contemporary activism oppose hegemonic concepts of privatized property and question ownership of intellectual production. In this paper I focus on anarchist contributions to this discussion. I examine an American anarchist perspective, as it is expressed in both the content and writing practices of a contemporary anarchist publication, the Crimethinc Ex-Workers Collective’s Days of War, Nights of Love. Through analysis of the book, I infer anarchist engagement with knowledge as a commons, and trace the philosophy that anyone can produce art, writing, and other tasks often relegated to an expert. My questions are: What are contemporary anarchist conceptions of private property? How is the anarchist objection, or challenge, to private property articulated in the debate over intellectual property? How does Crimethinc understand Days of War, Nights of Love as a form of direct action?

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Holland, Dorothy
Commitee: Crumley, Carole, Nelson, Christopher
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology
Keywords: Anarchy, Anthropology, Intellectual property rights, Property, Social movements
Publication Number: 1463692
ISBN: 9781109107425
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