Further Reading: the John Moore Case

The case of Moore v. Regents has been discussed at length by scholars in law, anthropology, literature, economics, and a number of other disciplines. A useful introduction to the case and its significance is provided in legal scholar James Boyle's Shamans, Software, and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard UP, 1996), especially pp. 21-24, 97-107.

More extensive accounts are developed in legal scholar E. Richard Gold's Body Parts: Property Rights and the Ownership of Human Biological Materials (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown UP, 1996), especially pp. 23-40, and Andrew Stone's The Strange Case of John Moore and the Splendid Stolen Spleen: A Case Study in Science, Technology, and American Courts (1996).

In Time and Commodity Culture: Essays in Cultural Theory and Postmodernity (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), pp. 152-79, literary critic John Frow discusses the Moore case in the context of the opposition between "gift" and "commodity" models of exchange.