Circulation, Control, and the Production of Taiwanese Patents in Pursuit of Aspirations 'Out of Place'
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摘要Globalization's increase in mobility—in capitalist circulations of commodities, financing, knowledge, and of people themselves—is best understood alongside studies of legal and economic infrastructures like patents that stop certain kinds of movement, effectively shaping, enabling, and, in part, determining the volume and directionality of movement both through successful control and the labeling of what cannot be controlled as “illegal.” These unequal circulations have also increasingly enabled aspirations “out of place”: that is, a spatial expansion of desire and the incorporation within people's hopes of the possibility, or even necessity, of being or acting “elsewhere” in order to fulfill them. Based on participant observation fieldwork in a Taiwanese LED company producing products between Taiwan and China and
patents between Taiwan and the United States, this paper discusses the articulation of the production of patents with the contradictory aspirations of a Taiwanese LED company and of some of its workers. Both the Company and its R&D engineers focused their aspirations out of place: the Company hoped to compete in Japanese, European, and American markets protected by competitor patents while many of its R&D engineers hoped simply to accumulate enough capital to enable them to do what they really wanted, elsewhere. I show here how the production of patents by R&D engineers in the service of the Company's global aspirations, was also the production of a set of tools meant to keep those same employees “in place”, preventing them from leaving the Company for a competitor to attain their own goals faster.
著者Matthew West
會議名稱Association for Asian Studies, AAS-In-Asia Conference

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