Commodity & Propriety

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Commodity & Propriety

Most people understand property as something that is owned, a means of creating individual wealth. But in Commodity and Propriety, the first full-length history of the meaning of property, Gregory Alexander uncovers in American legal writing a competing vision of property that has existed alongside the traditional conception. Property, Alexander argues, has also been understood as proprietary, a mechanism for creating and maintaining a properly ordered society. This view of property has even operated in periods—such as the second half of the nineteenth century—when market forces seemed to dominate social and legal relationships.

In demonstrating how the understanding of property as a private basis for the public good has competed with the better-known market-oriented conception, Alexander radically rewrites the history of property, with significant implications for current political debates and recent Supreme Court decisions.

Specifications of Commodity & Propriety

GENERAL
AuthorGregory S. Alexander
BindingPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ISBN-100226013545
ISBN-139780226013541
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Number Of Pages496
Publication Date1999-06-04
DIMENSIONS
Height9 inch.
Length6 inch.
Width1.2 inch.
Weight1.7 pounds.

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