Rethinking Commodification: Cases and Readings in Law and Culture (Critical America Series)

Author: Joan C. Williams Martha M. Ertman
Publisher: New York University Press
Category: Consumerism, Ethical Issues & Debates, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Jurisprudence, Jurisprudence & Philosophy Of Law
Book Format: Paperback

View the Table of Contents .nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Read the Introduction . A superb collection of classic and contemporary readings on commodification theory, including the latest, most advanced theorizing on this subject. It is a must-read. — Elizabeth Anderson, Philosophy, University of Michigan As someone who helped to draw attention to the subject of commodification more than two decades ago, I believe that commodification is, if anything, more important today than it has ever been. We must ask ourselves: Are there some things that money can't buy? Who is advantaged and who disadvantaged by desperate market exchanges? This indispensable collection of old and new thoughts on commodification will help us as we struggle towards answering these questions. — Margaret Jane Radin, Stanford Law School Rethinking Commodificationincludes several classic texts of commodification theory that familiarize readers with the traditional debate. The work then offers new insights into the issue, with two dozen articles, appellate court opinions, and essays. Taken together, this book comprises an intellecutal mosaic that moves the discussion beyond the early, on-off question of whether or not to commodify. — Metapsychology Online A magnificent collection. The subject is profound and complex, the text gripping, lively, and thoroughly enjoyable to read. — Sylvia A. Law, NYU Law School Commodification is on net a great source for good in the world. But the seminal essays inRethinking Commodificationshow that the serious questions about alienability are much more than concerns about hypothetical contracts for babies or self-indenture.ouml; — Ian Ayres, author ofInsincere Promises Whatis the price of a limb? A child? Ethnicity? Love? In a world that is often ruled by buyers and sellers, those things that are often considered priceless become objects to be marketed and from which to earn a profit. Ranging from black market babies to exploitative sex trade operations to the marketing of race and culture, Rethinking Commodificationpresents an interdisciplinary collection of writings, including legal theory, case law, and original essays to reexamine the traditional legal question: ocirc; To commodify or not to commodify?ouml; In this pathbreaking course reader, Martha M. Ertman and Joan C. Williams present the legal cases and theories that laid the groundwork for traditional critiques of commodification, which tend to view the process as dehumanizing because it reduces all human interactions to economic transactions. This ocirc; canonicalouml; section is followed by a selection of original essays that present alternative views of commodification based on the concept that commodification can have diverse meanings in a variety of social contexts. When viewed in this way, the commodification debate moves beyond whether or not commodification is good or bad, and is assessed instead on the quality of the social relationships and wider context that is involved in the transaction.Rethinking Commodificationcontains an excellent array of contemporary issues, including intellectual property, reparations for slavery, organ transplants, and sex work; and an equally stellar array of contributors, including Richard Posner, Margaret Jane Radin, Regina Austin, and many others.

Table Of Contents
Acknowledgments Preface: Freedom, Equality, and the Many Futures of Commodi?cation Martha M. Ertman and Joan C. WilliamsIntroduction: The Subject and Object of Commodi?cation Margaret Jane Radin and Madhavi SunderPart I Classic Texts of Commodi?cation TheoryA. De?nitions: Commodity and Commodi?cationB. Contested Commodities: Babies/Parental Rights and ObligationsC. Defaulting to Freedom or to Equality: Treating Some Things as InalienableD. Distinguishing between Exchanges and GiftsE. Commodi?cation and CommunityPart II New Voices on Commodi?cation TheoryA. Commodifying Intellectual and Cultural PropertyB. Commodifying IdentitiesC. Commodifying Intimacies1. Commodifying Sex2. Commodifying Care3. Commodifying Family Relations4. Commodifying Bodies and Body PartsD. Retheorizing CommodificationAfterword: Whither Commodi?cation? Carol M. RoseAbout the Contributors Index
About Martha Ertman
Martha M. Ertman is professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Joan C. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has authored eleven books, including White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America and Unbending Gender: Why Work and Family Conflict and What to Do About It.


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Artist / Author Joan C. Williams Martha M. Ertman
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