Accelerating Possession: Global Futures of Property and Personhood by Bill MaurerAccelerating Possession: Global Futures of Property and Personhood by Bill Maurer

Accelerating Possession: Global Futures of Property and Personhood

EditorBill Maurer, Gabriele Schwab

Hardcover | April 4, 2006

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Accelerating Possession is a groundbreaking collection of essays that examines how recent economic movements have revolutionized the relationship between property and personhood. These prominent scholars argue that in our present age, globalization, rampant privatization, and biotechnology have irrevocably changed traditional ideas of property and the self. Definitions of property no longer correspond to the configurations of the person who owns or is subjected to property. Self and ownership have a whole new arithmetic.In these essays, privatization is understood as an array of interconnected processes and relationships through which the capitalist marketplace controls, among other things, the political rights, social membership, and knowledge production that constitute personhood. The contributors believe such processes are accelerating profoundly, and they examine the effects via a range of topics, including the invention of property rights in U.S.-occupied Iraq, the work of John Locke, the art of Jenny Holzer, and the writing of Octavia Butler and Stanislaw Lem. They explore the synergy and dissonance between conceptions of the private as marketable and the private as inalienable, and consider how the contemporary transformations and futures of property and personhood relate to concepts of citizenship, state, culture, and education.These essays were all written with the guiding belief that the evolving relationship between ownership and the self has a fundamental effect on debates in critical theory. The essays are methodologically linked through their emphasis on the linguistic and rhetorical, as well as the philosophical and epistemological. Their focus on reflections of property and personhood in literary, textual, or artistic objects makes this collection a vital cross-disciplinary tool.

Bill Maurer is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of three books, including Mutual Life, Limited: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral Reason.Gabriele Schwab is Chancellor's Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, an...
Title:Accelerating Possession: Global Futures of Property and PersonhoodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:186 pagesPublished:April 4, 2006Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231137842

ISBN - 13:9780231137843


Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction. The Political and Psychic Economies of Accelerating Possession, by Bill Maurer and Gabriele SchwabPart I. Histories, Nations, Institutions1. "My Self and My Own: One and the Same?," by Etienne Balibar2. "The Future of Nationalist Appropriation," by Pheng Cheah3. "Transnational Topographies of Power: Beyond 'The State' and 'Civil Society' in the Study of African Politics," by James G. Ferguson4. "Mercantilism," by Federalism

Part II. Posthuman Futures: Literature, Art, and the Politics of Personhood5. "Divided Origins and the Arithmetic of Ownership," by Marilyn Strathern6. "One Two Three: The Psychic Economy of Multiplicity, by Akira Mizuta Lippit7. Language of Order(s): Jenny Holzer in the Public Sphere," by Alexander Gelley8. "Ethnographies of the Future: Personhood, Agency, and Power in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis," by Gabriele Schwab9. "(Un)masking the Agent: Distributed Cognition in Stanislaw Lem's 'The Mask'," by N. Katherine HaylesList of ContributorsIndex

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A brilliant and attractive collection, offering stunning syntheses on some of today's hottest interdisciplinary topics.