Journal article

Postcolonial piracy: can the pirate speak? (Book review)

C De Beukelaer

Cultural Studies | Taylor and Francis | Published : 2016


This edited volume provides a timely response to the regular alarmist newsflashes regarding the detrimental effect piracy has had on the profitability of the cultural industries. The book, while overtly critical of orthodox notions of piracy, does not provide legal or value judgements on the status of piracy, nor that of the pirate. Equally, it does not aim to define or delineate what piracy is per se. Rather, the book aims ‘to describe what piracy does across a range of different contexts in the global South’ (p. 3, emphasis added).