The Intellectual Property of Nations: Sociological and Historical Perspectives on a Modern Legal Institution
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No. of pages:300 pages
Size:150x230x25 mm
Weight:620 g

The Intellectual Property of Nations

Sociological and Historical Perspectives on a Modern Legal Institution
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Short description:

This sweeping sociological analysis traces the emergence of intellectual property as a new type of legal property.

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Drawing on macro-historical sociological theories, this book traces the development of intellectual property as a new type of legal property in the modern nation-state system. In its current form, intellectual property is considered part of an infrastructure of state power that incentivizes innovation, creativity, and scientific development, all engines of economic growth. To show how this infrastructure of power emerged, Laura Ford follows macro-historical social theorists, including Michael Mann and Max Weber, back to antiquity, revealing that legal instruments very similar to modern intellectual property have existed for a long time and have also been deployed for similar purposes. Using comparative and historical evidence, this groundbreaking work reflects on the role of intellectual property in our contemporary political communities and societies; on the close relationship between law and religion; and on the extent to which law's obliging force depends on ancient, written traditions.

'A remarkable tour de force, a highly original if loosely Weberian book, tracing the development of intellectual property rights as a form of infrastructural power from the conferment of Roman legal privileges, then successively inflected by Christianity, the nation-state, and globalization, as these rights became seen as a way of stimulating intellectual creativity and economic growth.' Michael Mann, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
Table of Contents:
Introduction; 1. Legal Institutions and Social Power: Setting the Stage; 2. Legal Orders and Social Performance: Founding Facebook; 3. Instruments of Legal Power in the Roman Republic; 4. Semantic Legal Ordering: Idealizing Roman Law; 5. Cultural Transformations: Christianizing Legal Power; 6. Privileges and Immunities in a Sacramentalizing Order; 7. Administrative Kingship and Covenantal Bonds: Early Roots of Intellectual Property in England; 8. Intellectual Property in a Nationalizing Order; 9. Cultural Transformations: Naturalizing Intellectual Property; 10. Semantic Legal Ordering: Idealizing Intellectual Property; 11. Instruments of Legal Power in the American Republic; 12. Legal Institutions and Social Performance: Founding a Global Order; Conclusion - The Intellectual Property of Nations.