The Limits of Cultural Commodification

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2013
Keywords: 
Intellectual property
Cultural heritage
Archaeology
Anthropology
Cultural appropriation
Cultural commodification
Heritage management
Marxism
Capitalism
Moral economy
Abstract: 

The scale, scope, and kinds of things that can be commoditized are expanding in the global framework of late capitalism. Drawing from Marx' original definition of the commodity, commodification is the process by which objects, events and activities come to be evaluated primarily in terms of their exchange value in the context of trade in addition to any use value that such services, identities, and knowledge all have the potential to be commodified. An acceptable commodity in one culture, may be considered inalienable according to another. This causes serious problems for subaltern groups' whose indigenous legal traditions are not incorporated into dominant policy. This presentation explores the limits of cultural commodification, drawing its arguments from the logic of comparative moral economies. 

 

Alexis Bunten is a Postdoctoral Fellow at SFU and IPinCH Project Ethnographer.

Description: 

This talk was presented at the IPinCH Cultural Commodification, Indigenous Peoples & Self-Determination Public Symposium held on May 2, 2013 at the University of British Columbia.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Conference presentation
Rights: 
You are free to copy, distribute and transmit this work under the following conditions: You must give attribution to the work (but not in any way that suggests that the author endorses you or your use of the work); You may not use this work for commercial purposes; You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work. Any further uses require the permission of the rights holder (or author if no rights holder is listed). These rights are based on the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License.
Statistics: