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What Can Artisanal Production Teach Us About Knowledge and Ownership


Mamidipudi,  Annapurna
Department Artifacts, Action, Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society;

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Mamidipudi, A. (2022). What Can Artisanal Production Teach Us About Knowledge and Ownership. Latest Thinking. doi:10.21036/LTPUB101053.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000C-4351-D
Owning and knowing are concepts that are generally classified separately, the former associated with law and property while the latter falls within the remit of science and research. In this video, ANNAPURNA MAMIDIPUDI explores the ways in which artisanal production undermines this separation. This separation leads to a world in which knowledge can almost exclusively be owned as property. Mamidipudi highlights the fact that artisanal knowledge however is owned not just as property but also as culture, ritual and secret. If we incorporate knowledge into ownership, argues Mamidipudi, it becomes much more difficult to ignore problematic realities about how our goods are produced and at what environmental cost. The research argues that enhanced collaboration between artisanal producers and experts from other fields can yield significant results in terms of sustainability and beyond.