Community, home, and identity are concepts that have concerned scholars in a variety of fields for some time. Legal scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and economists, among others, have studied the impacts of home and community on one's identity and how one's identity is manifested in one's home and in one's community. This volume brings together some of the leading thinkers about the connections between community, home and identity. Several chapters address how the law and lawyers contribute (or detract) from the creation and maintenance of community and, in some cases, the conscious destruction of communities. Others examine the protection of individual and group identities through rules related to property title and use of such things as Home and 'identity property'.
’This sophisticated transatlantic collection of essays well illustrates the social turn in Property Law scholarship stimulated by the Association for Law, Property, and Society. The authors explore crucial means through which Property Law in the US and UK, here including Land Use Planning and Real Estate Finance, help build and sometimes destroy community, family, and individual identities.’ J. Peter Byrne, Georgetown University Law Center, USA ’This book delivers fresh thinking on the intersections between laws and policies that govern place�. It is timely in its concern with the circumstances in which the meanings of home as a base for community and identity are shaped, supported and sometimes subverted by property and housing, and deserves to be widely read.’ Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Durham Law School, UK ’Community, Home, and Identity unlocks the intricate relationship between law, community, and housing as a unique feature of American society. Together, the various authors illustrate the historical and enduring impact of federal, state, local and even international laws, policies, and norms on housing and the notion of community�.’ Carol N. Brown, University of North Carolina, USA