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Knowledge as PropertyIssues in the Moral Grounding of Intellectual Property Rights$
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Rajshree Chandra

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198065579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198065579.001.0001

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The Politics of Knowledge

The Politics of Knowledge

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Knowledge as Property

Rajshree Chandra

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the cognitive hierarchies which are implied and structured by the intellectual property regime. It looks at the sociology of knowledge creation and the implications that it has for opening up epistemes. It takes the argument of social construction of knowledge and extends it to question the claimed scientificity and objectivity of Western Modern Sciences (WMS) in an endeavour to engage with the possibility of multiple constructions and representations of reality and question the claimed universality and hegemony of WMS. It regards the conception and the institution of intellectual property rights (IPRs) as an enterprise which reinstates the particularistic perspectives of science and the universalistic notions of development. It regards this conceptualization of IPRs as a productive and a stratifying force and therefore as an exercise of power. Finally, the chapter engages with the issues of science citizenship, and the limits of existing measures for enlisting the participation of the marginalized citizens in the creation of knowledge.

Keywords:   knowledge creation, Western Modern Sciences, science citizenship, TRIPS

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