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Space, Materiality and the Normative


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Space, Materiality and the Normative presents new ways of thinking about the connections between space and materiality from a normative perspective. The series is concerned with addressing the use, regulation and experience of space and materiality, broadly understood, and in particular with exploring their links and the challenges they raise for law, politics and normativity.

Space, Materiality and the Normative welcomes analyses of space–materiality–normativity links from any institutional setting (financial market spaces, organisational spaces, urban space, legal space, mediated space, architecture, etc.). Proposals can be theoretical, discussing various conceptual strategies to study the use, regulation and experience space and materiality; they can be historical, outlining changes in how spaces are governed; or they can assume a more contemporary-diagnostic approach, investigating, for example, the emergence of post-national architectures or post-capitalist urban spaces. Submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

  • The changing politics of space, bodies and objects
  • Embedded normativities of spatial governance and resistance
  • Megacities and the regulatory (and experiential) challenges they give rise to
  • Spatial atmospheres, how they are experiences and governed
  • The links between space and materiality
  • Colonial and postcolonial spaces and materialities

The book series is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics, architecture, geography and urban studies.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, School of Law, University of Westminster, email: andreaspm@westminster.ac.uk

Christian Borch, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, email: cbo.lpf@cbs.dk

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Law, Sensory Experience and Urban Space: The Making of the Regular City

Law, Sensory Experience and Urban Space: The Making of the Regular City

Forthcoming

Rebecca Goodbourn
December 30, 2018

As many western countries are increasing their legal regulation and surveillance of public spaces, this book offers new ways of thinking about and addressing urban inhabitation, by showing how particular understandings of the world become entrenched through physical and sensory experience....

Parliamentary Practices and the Nature of Constitutional Power: Assembling the Leviathan

Parliamentary Practices and the Nature of Constitutional Power: Assembling the Leviathan

Forthcoming

Kristin Asdal, Bard Hobaek
October 15, 2018

As institutions of law, parliaments are usually understood with reference to constitutional texts, and analysed as sites of speech and rhetoric, the material aspects of parliamentary politics are routinely overlooked. In response, this book considers how, in order to assemble and to enact its...

Spaces of Indigenous Justice: Applying Theory to Practical Problems

Spaces of Indigenous Justice: Applying Theory to Practical Problems

Forthcoming

Jennifer Hendry, Melissa L Tatum
September 01, 2018

This book employs critical theory to investigate the different worldviews involved in an engagement with indigenous normativities, and to suggest practical solutions for overcoming the systemic inequalities between Indigenous and non-indigenous cultures. Drawing upon recent conceptualisations of ‘...

Towards a Theatrical Jurisprudence

Towards a Theatrical Jurisprudence

Forthcoming

Marett Leiboff
August 15, 2018

This book brings the insights of theatre theory to the jurisprudential, in order to elaborate a new practice of responsibility. The theatrical, which here forms the basis of a theatrical jurisprudence, draws upon the forms of theatre theory that took shape in the 20th century, as they constitute...

Placing International Law: The Techniques of Jurisdiction

Placing International Law: The Techniques of Jurisdiction

Forthcoming

Fleur Johns, Shaun McVeigh, Sundhya Pahuja, Thomas Skouteris, Robert Wai
July 31, 2018

This book how addresses how international law is ‘placed’ in the world. International lawyers have long acknowledged the significance of space and place to their work, often in a territorial register. As this book demonstrates, however, the repertoire of international legal techniques for...

Spaces of Justice: Peripheries, Passages, Appropriations

Spaces of Justice: Peripheries, Passages, Appropriations

Forthcoming

Chris Butler, Edward Mussawir
July 23, 2018

This collection is inspired by the transdisciplinary possibilities posed by the connections between space and justice. Drawing on a variety of theoretical influences that include Henri Lefebvre, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Doreen Massey, Gillian Rose, Walter Benjamin, Elias Canetti, Antonio...

Controlling Urban Events: Law, Ethics and the Material

Controlling Urban Events: Law, Ethics and the Material

Andrea Pavoni
December 12, 2017

How does order emerge out of the multiplicity of bodies, objects, ideas and practices that constitute the urban? This book explores the relation between space, law and control in the contemporary city – and particularly in the context of urban ‘mega events’ – through a combined geographical and...

Law, Art and the Commons

Law, Art and the Commons

Merima Bruncevic
October 12, 2017

The concept of the cultural commons has become increasingly important for legal studies. Within this field, however, it is a contested concept: at once presented as a sphere for creativity, democratic access and freedom of speech, but one that denies property rights and misappropriates the...

Spacing Law and Politics: The Constitution and Representation of the Juridical

Spacing Law and Politics: The Constitution and Representation of the Juridical

Leif Dahlberg
October 12, 2017

Examining the inherent spatiality of law, both theoretically and as social practice, this book presents a genealogical account of the emergence and the development of the juridical. In an analysis that stretches from ancient Greece, through late antiquity and early modern and modern Europe, and on...

Border Security: Shores of Politics, Horizons of Justice

Border Security: Shores of Politics, Horizons of Justice

Peter Chambers
October 02, 2017

What kind of a world is one in which border security is understood as necessary? How is this transforming the shores of politics? And why does this seem to preclude a horizon of political justice for those affected? Border Security responds to these questions through an interdisciplinary...

A Jurisprudence of Movement: Common Law, Walking, Unsettling Place

A Jurisprudence of Movement: Common Law, Walking, Unsettling Place

Olivia Barr
May 31, 2017

Law moves, whether we notice or not. Set amongst a spatial turn in the humanities, and jurisprudence more specifically, this book calls for a greater attention to legal movement, in both its technical and material forms. Despite various ways the spatial turn has been taken up in legal thought,...

Animals, Biopolitics, Law: Lively Legalities

Animals, Biopolitics, Law: Lively Legalities

Irus Braverman
April 11, 2017

Typically, the legal investigation of nonhuman life, and of animal life in particular, is conducted through the discourse of animal rights. Within this discourse, legal rights are extended to certain nonhuman animals through the same liberal framework that has afforded human rights before it....

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