Transnational Perspective on Human Genetics and Property Rights Mobilizations of Indigenous Peoples
PROPERTY RIGHTS AND NEOLIBERALISM: CULTURAL DEMANDS AND LEGAL ACTIONS, W. V. McIntosh, L. J. Hatcher, eds., Ashgate Publishing, 2010
Posted: 5 Aug 2010
Date Written: August 4, 2010
The political, economic, and cultural tensions associated with patenting biological material are problematic. This chapter looks at indigenous opposition to various biotech and genetics research initiatives in the context of a political environment highly inspired by neoliberal ideals. Indigenous peoples’ mobilization and resistance against assignment of IPRs offers a remarkable opportunity to uncover some of the contradictions in neoliberalism, particularly of the way patent law rubs against communal understandings of ownership. In particular, the book chapter discusses the following questions: What form of resistance did indigenous people use to mobilize against neoliberal intellectual property rights (IPRs) regimes? In what ways did the colonial context shape these mobilizations, particularly with regard to DNA sampling? What is the significance and impact of indigenous mobilization against biotech initiatives?
Keywords: sociolegal studies, property rights, neoliberalism, genetic research, biotechnology, indigenous movements
JEL Classification: I19, K11, K19, K32
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