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Property and Justice$
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J. W. Harris

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251407.001.0001

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Imaginary Societies

Imaginary Societies

(p.15) 2 Imaginary Societies
Property and Justice


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This chapter discusses imaginary societies: Forest Land, Status Land, Red Land, Contract Land, Wood Land, and Pink Land. In Forest Land the members of a tribe live together in a communal dwelling constructed of wood, grass, and leaves. Status Land resembles Forest Land, except that its inter-personal and environmental rules are structured and interpreted around an organizing idea which the Forestlanders lack — the notion of status. Red Land is a modern country committed to the uncompromising socialization of all resources. Contract Land is like Red Land, except that the discharge of obligations and the allocation of good are not exclusively governed by the goals of collective living to which the citizens are committed. Wood Land is similar to Forest Land, except that its population has expanded, and its members have begun to range over wider areas to collect food and kill game, and it has evolved techniques for manufacturing some types of artifacts — weapons, traps, skinning tools, and grass ropes. Pink Land is similar to Red Land, except that the licenses to use scarce items are in different terms.

Keywords:   Forest Land, Status Land, Red Land, Contract Land, Wood Land, Pink Land

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