Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights

Jane E. Anderson

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    This article aims to give both an overview as well as to develop certain critical thinking tools that can help a reader engage with the complexity and diversity of Indigenous knowledge and intellectual property rights. It considers the cultural specificity of intellectual property law as well as looking at sites of contemporary struggle. Embedded in the article are questions of knowledge and power as well as how historical legacies of colonialism continue to affect the way we interpret the world and its cultures. The article also raises questions about legal authority and the way frameworks for participation and interpretation in legal contexts are produced and made available to parties that have been marginalized from such spaces.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
    ISBN (Print)9780080970868
    StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


    • Art
    • Bioprospecting
    • Colonialism
    • Indigenous knowledge
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Intellectual property law
    • International developments
    • Museums
    • World intellectual property organization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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