Governments have conferred ownership titles to many citizens throughout the world in an effort to turn things into property. Almost all elements of nature have become the target of property laws, from the classic preoccupation with land to more ephemeral material, such as air and genetic resources. When Things Become Property interrogates the mixed outcomes of conferring ownership by examining postsocialist land and forest reforms in Albania, Romania and Vietnam, and finds that property reforms are no longer, if they ever were, miracle tools available to governments for refashioning economies, politics or environments.
Johannes Stahl, former Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at the University of California at Berkeley, now works for a multilateral environmental agreement dealing with trade in endangered species of fauna and flora.
Preface List of Acronyms Introduction: Turning things into property PART I: AGRICULTURE: NEGOTIATING PROPERTY AND VALUE Introduction Chapter 1. Transnational migration, ethnicity, and property in Albania Chapter 2. Livelihood traditions, worker-peasants, and peasant entrepreneurs in Romania Chapter 3. Modernity, fantasies, and property in Vietnam PART II: FORESTS: CONTESTING PROPERTY AND AUTHORITY Introduction Chapter 4. Forests, state, and custom in Albania Chapter 5. Property, predators, and patrons in Romania Chapter 6. Land allocation, loggers, and lawmakers in Vietnam Conclusion: Postsocialist propertizing and the dynamics of property Index