[p2p-research] Post-Colonialism and Commons Enclosure

Athina Karatzogianni athina.k at gmail.com
Fri Nov 13 09:52:09 CET 2009

Ha ha thats pretty correct Andy, although if there is a work on it already,
needs to to be engaged with and critiqued or shredded to pieces. By the way
I dont think the articles you are mentioning are doing that much better ho
ho ho

On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 1:12 AM, Andy Robinson <ldxar1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hmmm, I read one of Franklin's pieces in the Persram volume on
> postcolonialism, and wasn't impressed.  There was nothing in there I
> couldn't have figured out by spending an hour on a web forum or two -
> basically the chapter tried to pass off quite mundane facts about internet
> life (for instance, that people argue about whether it's justifiable to
> swear in forums or use all caps, and that people discuss issues of cultural
> identity online and disagree because of their different political positions)
> as massively original and theoretically significant
> postcolonial/poststructuralist insights.  Certainly not relevant to IP and
> the "commons" - it's more Laclauian identity-construction type stuff.
> The intersection postcolonialism - commons - IP is a grouping I've not seen
> explored.  Although a Google scholar search on the terms "intellectual
> property commons postcolonial" reveals a list of possibilities, leading with
> this:
> http://www.jstor.org/pss/301953
> adding search term "online" brings this:
> https://www.up.ac.za/dspace/handle/2263/1466
> I'd also add that Vandana Shiva does a lot of work on biopiracy and
> monoculture, and the "new enclosures" and the commons has inspired a string
> of work by autonomist-inspired authors, notably in the collection "Midnight
> Oil".
> bw
> Andy
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