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Bhandar, Brenna (2018) Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land and Racial Regimes of Ownership. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. (Global and Insurgent Legalities)

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In Colonial Lives of Property Brenna Bhandar examines how modern property law contributes to the formation of racial subjects in settler colonies and to the development of racial capitalism. Examining both historical cases and ongoing processes of settler colonialism in Canada, Australia, and Israel and Palestine, Bhandar shows how the colonial appropriation of indigenous lands depends upon ideologies of European racial superiority as well as upon legal narratives that equate civilized life with English concepts of property. In this way, property law legitimates and rationalizes settler colonial practices while it racializes those deemed unfit to own property. The solution to these enduring racial and economic inequities, Bhandar demonstrates, requires developing a new political imaginary of property in which freedom is connected to shared practices of use and community rather than individual possession.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISBN: 9780822371465
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 08:29
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/25873
Related URLs: https://www.duk ... ves-of-property (Publisher URL)

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