A contemporary "denial of access": Knowledge, IPR and the public good

Thomas, Pradip (2008). A contemporary "denial of access": Knowledge, IPR and the public good. In 曹晋 Cao Jin and 赵月枝 Zhao Yuezhi (Ed.), 传播政治经济学: 英文读本 (pp. 334-342) Shanghai, China: Fudan University Press.

Author Thomas, Pradip
Title of chapter A contemporary "denial of access": Knowledge, IPR and the public good
Title of book 传播政治经济学: 英文读本
Translated title of book The political economy of communication: A reader
Language of Book Title chi
Place of Publication Shanghai, China
Publisher Fudan University Press
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9787309058000
Editor 曹晋 Cao Jin
赵月枝 Zhao Yuezhi
Volume number 2
Chapter number 43
Start page 334
End page 342
Total pages 9
Total chapters 48
Language eng
Subjects 20 Language, Communication and Culture
2001 Communication and Media Studies
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In late November 2003, the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) was involved in co-organising a regional workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Southern Africa. The meetings were held at the University of Botswana, Gaborone. One of the more interesting sessions involved a traditional healer, a bone-setter by profession. His description of the process of healing was fascinating, not least because it was ‘unusual’, but the questions that he raised were equally fascinating. He described the manner in which healing occurs – the roots of a particular bush are placed on the affected part – and the healer energises, empowers and charges the root to heal, leading to the healing. What needs to be done to recognise the specificity of this knowledge, the specificity of its use, how does one legitimate such processes of knowledge generation, knowledge dissemination and knowledge use within an IKS system? And more importantly how can such systems be made legitimate and treated on a par with mainstream understandings of knowledge as Intellectual Property?
Keyword Communications
Economic policy
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes Introduction in Chinese; text in English. Originally published in Media Development 51(4) pp.27-33, ISSN 0143-5558.

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