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Making Things BetterA Workbook on Ritual, Cultural Values, and Environmental Behavior$
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A. David Napier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199969357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969357.001.0001

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A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place

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(p.51) Chapter 2 A Sense of Place
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Making Things Better
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A. David Napier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969357.003.0007

This chapter asks a number of questions about knowledge, property, and embodiment. Are there ways of protecting the disadvantaged from the oppressive strangulation of multinational corporations and the individuals they hire to expropriate indigenous knowledge? Why have we neglected to compensate indigenous groups? Is it because our notions of property are incommensurable with indigenous forms of knowledge? If so, why have other forms of knowledge and experience given way? Is it because we recognizing differences in how property is understood but have no clear way of compensating for inalienable wealth when it is taken? In such instances, what can reimbursement mean? And how do we reimburse? Does our confusion about how to do this arise from the fact that the process of globalization homogenizes our views of what matters? If so, how can indigenous peoples resist the temptation to comply with these overwhelmingly seductive trends? If not, how may we learn to see what can be morally gained by an appreciation of what is unique about other lifeways, the rituals that give them local meaning, and the places that are profoundly changed when engaged ritually?

Keywords:   Knowledge as commodity, Property protection, Indigenous knowledge, Heritage, Ontology, Embodiment, Hegemony

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