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Legalism: Property and Ownership

Georgy Kantor, Tom Lambert, and Hannah Skoda


In this volume, ownership is defined as the simple fact of being able to describe something as ‘mine’ or ‘yours’, and property is distinguished as the discursive field which allows the articulation of attendant rights, relationships and obligations. Property is often articulated through legalism as way of thinking which appeals to rules and to generalising concepts as a way of understanding, responding to, and managing the world around one. An Aristotelian perspective suggests that ownership is the natural state of things and a prerequisite of a true sense of self. An alternative perspective f ... More

Keywords: Property, Ownership, Legalism, Rules, State, Bundle of Rights, Communities, Economic Prerogatives, Political Prerogatives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813415
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georgy Kantor, editor
Official Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, St John's College, Oxford

Tom Lambert, editor
Osborn Fellow in Early Medieval History, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Hannah Skoda, editor
Fellow and Tutor in History, St John's College, Oxford