Postcolonial Piracy: Media Distribution and Cultural Production in the Global South

Media Distribution and Cultural Production in the Global South

Lars Schwarz, Anja Eckstein

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In the economic South, access to global flows of goods, technology and ideas increasingly occurs through a culture of piracy, i.e. by sidetracking global juridical and economic norms. To date, academic discourse has addressed such practices of piracy predominately from three different angles, viewing them either in the light of criminal theft, as expressions of creative freedom, or as acts of anti-capitalist resistance. Against such overtly ideological readings, this volume promotes a re-orientation which focuses on postcolonial piracy primarily as a strategy of access to global modernity, without shying away from the ethical, legal, social, economic and aesthetic ramifications that this shift entails. Its aim is to show how both everyday and artistic strategies of copying and recycling in processes of production, distribution and reception have impacted on concepts of cultural property and artistic 'work' in the South, and facilitated a thorough reformulation of notions of authorship and originality with truly global reverberations.

Lars Eckstein is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures Outside of Britain and the U.S. at the University of Potsdam, Germany.
Anja Schwarz is Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Potsdam, Germany.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Herausgeber Anja Schwarz, Lars Eckstein
Seitenzahl 312
Erscheinungsdatum 18.12.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4725-1942-9
Reihe Theory for a Global Age
Verlag Bloomsbury USA
Maße (L/B/H) 21,6/14/1,9 cm
Gewicht 508 g


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