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Registering Interests: Modern Methods of Valuing Labour, Land and Life

Bhandar, Brenna (2017) 'Registering Interests: Modern Methods of Valuing Labour, Land and Life.' In: Searching For Contemporary Legal Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 290-311. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Beginning with some reflections on the audit-driven nature of contemporary academe, this chapter aims to explore forms of marginalisation and exclusion that modern methods of evaluation both produce and obscure. Here, I explore concepts of value and methods of evaluation that were utilised to create property interests in land and life insurance in the mid- to late nineteenth-century in the context of the British Empire. The Torrens system of title by registration, and the creation of the first state-wide system of registration for life insurance policies by Elizur Wright both emerge in 1858. While the commodification of land and life may seem to bear no relation to one another, I argue that they share a conceptual logic. While commodity-visions of land and life appear to be disaggregated by the 19th century, the methods of valuation employed in the propertisation of land and life both rely on techniques of valuation rooted in a turn to ‘scientific’ methods, and furthermore, reflect a racialist humanism that persists in producing and valuing whiteness over the lives of people of colour.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law > Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL)
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
Subjects: K Law
ISBN: 9781316584361
Depositing User: Brenna Bhandar
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 11:58
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/24244

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