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Animals, Biopolitics, Law

Lively Legalities, 1st Edition

Edited by Irus Braverman


248 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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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. Animals, Biopolitics, Law envisions the possibility of lively legalities that move beyond the humanist perspective. Drawing on an array of expertise—from law, geography, and anthropology, through animal studies and posthumanism, to science and technology studies—this interdisciplinary collection asks what, in legal terms, it means to be human and nonhuman, what it means to govern and to be governed, and what are the ethical and political concerns that emerge in the project of governing not only human but also more-than-human life.

Table of Contents

"Life" and "the Living," Law and Norm: A Foreword, Cary Wolfe Introduction: Lively Legalities, Irus Braverman 1. The Regulatory Life of Threatened Species Lists, Irus Braverman 2. Probiotic Legalities: De-domestication and Rewilding Before the Law, Jamie Lorimer 3. Governing Jellyfish: Eco-Security and Planetary "Life" in the Anthropocene, Elizabeth R. Johnson 4. Tracing Bacterial Legalities: The Fluid Ecologies of the European Union’s Bathing Water Directive, Christopher Bear 5. Crow Kill, Adam Reed 6. Nonhuman Animal Resistance and the Improprieties of Live Property, Kathryn Gillespie 7. Lively Sanctuaries: A Shabbat of Animal Sacer, Elan Abrell 8. Multispecies Families, Capitalism, and the Law, Eben Kirksey 9. The Conflict of Human and Nonhuman Laws, Richard Janda & Richard Lehun 10. Lively Agency: Law and Life in the Anthropocene, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos Afterword, David Delaney

About the Editor

Irus Braverman is Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She is the author of Planted Flags: Trees, Land, and Law in Israel/Palestine (2009), Zooland: The Institution of Captivity (2012), and Wild Life: The Institution of Nature (2015), and co-editor of The Expanding Spaces of Law: A Timely Legal Geography (2014).

About the Series

Space, Materiality and the Normative

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:

Christian Borch, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, email:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Environmental
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Discrimination