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Knowledge and/as power: a feminist critique of trade related intellectual property rights

Barwa, S and Rai, S. M. (2003) 'Knowledge and/as power: a feminist critique of trade related intellectual property rights', Gender, technology and development, 7 (1): 91-113. Read here

The final versions of these papers were first published in Gender, Technology and Development, Vol 7, Issue 1, year 2003, pp 91-113, by SAGE Publications Ltd. © SAGE Publications, 2003. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or reposted without permission from SAGE Publications.
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The article attempts to define a research agenda that will explore the relationship amongst gender, knowledge, innovation and property rights against the backdrop of the recent processes of market liberalisation and transformation of the relationship between states and the global economy. It suggests that Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights are institutionalising the historically exclusionary bounded definitions of what counts as knowledge and thus denying the role of millions of women in the production of knowledge over time. It concludes that this property regime challenges women to engage in the struggle over meanings of knowledge, invention and property.





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