The 21st Century Property Challenge: Reconciling Spirituality, Sacred Places, and Profit-Seeking Property Involvements

  • Stephen E. Roulac
Part of the Research Issues in Real Estate book series (RIRE, volume 10)

Does property serve culture, or does property serve commerce? If you honor the past, your loyalties are to the old school; you would tend to favor the perspective that property serves culture. But if your worldview is dominated by a modernist, progressive, futurist outlook, you would tend to come down on the property serves commerce side of the debate.

Those who favor the idea that the institution of property manifests important cultural connotations, will necessarily connect property with people – and not just any people, but, most specifically, with indigenous people. The modernist view of property, on the other hand, is more universal, really independent of particular people, and certainly agnostic insofar as indigenous people are concerned. To address the divergent commerce vs. spirituality perspectives concerning property, in this chapter, I introduce the concepts of property culturists and property modernists, which appear in the literature for the first time in this writing.



Indigenous People Property Culturist Natural Landscape Cultural Significance Significant Place 
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The ideas in this chapter have been influenced by the author’s interaction with the Staff and Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The author has been honored to work with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and acknowledges with aloha the manaÿo shared by: Clyde Namuo, Administrator; Jonathan Likeke Scheuer, PhD, Director of Land Management; Jim Springer, Land Officer, and the Board of Trustees.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen E. Roulac
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  1. 1.Roulac Global Places LLC and University of UlsterColeraineNorthern Ireland

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