Research

Copyright's Cultural Turn

Type: Journal Article
Author
Anupam Chander, Madhavi Sunder
Description
This is a book review of Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice by Julie E. Cohen. In it, the authors consider the hegemony of economic theory within intellectual property law scholarship, and explore the arguments for and against importing methodologies from other subject areas like cultural, media, and literary studies, and the social sciences in general.
Date
2013 May
Abstract
The abstract provided by the author(s) of this work is as follows: Julie Cohen’s new book, Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice, marks a major effort to craft a jurisprudence of information law that goes beyond law and economics. Cohen, a celebrated scholar of intellectual property and privacy, brings her formidable talents to the fore in this book to ask scholars in both fields to pay more attention to culture. Cohen argues that the dominant approach to copyright and privacy fails to understand the role of information in people’s actual lives. We have become too enamored with abstract claims of human behavior that turn out to be incomplete upon closer examination, she tells us. Mining a broad vein of contemporary theory ranging from science and technology studies to cultural studies, Cohen seeks to inform policy on intellectual property and privacy with an understanding of what she calls the networked self, the individual embedded in a complex structure of social and technological circumstances.
Publisher
University of Texas School of Law
Institution
University of Texas School of Law
Journal Title
Texas Law Review
Volume
91
Issue Number
6
Pages (from-to)
1397-1412 pp.
ISSN
0040-4411
Jurisdiction
United States, Worldwide
Language
ENG
Size
97 KB, 16 pp.
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Cortex Citation:
Anupam Chander and Madhavi Sunder, “Copyright's Cultural Turn,” Copyright Cortex, accessed October 23, 2018, https://copyrightcortex.org/research/copyrights-cultural-turn.