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Subject: FW: [development-gender] Query: Changing Notions of the
'Public' -- Gender Dimensions

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Subject: [development-gender] Query: Changing Notions of the 'Public' --
Gender Dimensions

From: "nath_vikas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Dear Colleagues,


I am doing a small research to assess the changing notion
of "Publicness" over the centuries. Specifically, I am trying to
understand how the definition of "what constitutes a public property
or a public resource" is changing. And it would be interesting to see
this from the gender dimension too.

For instance in the Roman era, "flowing water was considered a public
good" which meant that rivers and their branches could not be
commercialised.  Even for the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates
civilizations, we have records pertaining to water use and
regulations so that everyone could benefit from it. "Sacred Groves
and Relegious forest" have existed for centuries in several countries
in Asia and Africa, and these forests were not be harvested for
private gains since they were taken as a communal property or the
property of God. Even in the Third century in Japan, roads were
considered to be "public property of the state" and not belonging to
a particular individual.

I wish to document how certain goods, resources or services were
deemed as "Public" even centuries back, and how some of them are
moving from being a public good to a private good, or it could be a
case of goods earlier being deemed private but now being transformed
into public goods.

I would appreciate any anecdotal evidences, references to literature,
or quotes from ancient texts and scripts, or interesting links which
talk about certain goods being deemed public. I am looking for
evidence from all regions and cultures, including gender dimensions
of this issue.

All answers received will be personally acknowledged.

Thanking you.

Vikas Nath
Policy Analyst, UNDP, New York
Inlaks Fellow, LSE, UK

Website : http://www.vikasnath.org
Telephone +1.212.906.3689
Fax. +1.212.906.5657

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