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How do cultures around the world think about property and ownership?
Dr Saskia VermeylenDr Saskia VermeylenHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript45m
The Sharing Economy is challenging the West's traditional view of ownership, but other ways of thinking about property and possession have existed for millennia. What do they look like?

Amid cultural differences and alternative models, how do we rethink and reimagine property for the 21st century?

You may think it's clear what it means to own an object or a plot of land, or even (a little more intangibly) a piece of intellectual property, like a book you've written. But it's not actually as much of a consensus as you might assume, and the question of what property means and who has a right to it will get you a different answer depending on which culture you're asking.

Dr Saskia Vermeylen is one of a small number of experts in the world focusing on the next frontiers in property, from outer space to microbes to the deep sea, while her work as a legal anthropologist has led her to explore attitudes to ownership in cultures all over the globe. Saskia joins us in The Garden to look at ideas of property and ownership through the lens of Indigenous, African and non-liberal Western theory.

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There was a mention of 'property in space' during your introduction - that sounds fascinating, could you tell us a little bit more about that?
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What do indigenous people see property as? Do they have such a concept at all?
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Absolutely interesting and unique topic. Very happy to have followed the talk. Rachel

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