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Possession, Occupation and Registration: Recombinant Ownership in the Settler Colony

Bhandar, Brenna (2016) 'Possession, Occupation and Registration: Recombinant Ownership in the Settler Colony.' Settler Colonial Studies, 6 (2). pp. 119-132.

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Abstract

No other aspect of property so infuses our social, psycho-symbolic, cultural and political realms as the idea of possession. Whether considering modern theories of subjectivity, relationships between people (from labour relations to intimate ones of love and affection), or indeed, what it means to own something, possession - as an amalgam of both spirit and fact - structures our thoughts, emotions and actions. The idea of self-ownership, whether in a Lockean vein or as a dialectical struggle for mastery over one's self in relation to an other, persists across a wide spectrum of philosophical discourses on subjectivity; particularly among those in which propriety and impropriety, appropriation and dispossession, and forms of status are acknowledged as central to contemporary social relations and political subjectivity. Here, the author explores the persistence of possession as a rationale for ownership in the settler colony.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published online: 27 August 2015
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law > Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/2201473X.2015.1024366
Depositing User: Brenna Bhandar
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 13:00
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19699

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