1st Edition

Law, Space and the Vehicular Environment
Legal Geography in Motion

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ISBN 9781138293823
March 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

Driving in Western societies is quotidian in nature; yet as the road becomes a focus of legal geography, so the vehicular environment offers a dynamic location for investigating the relationship between law and place. Roads are complex sites of movement and its prohibition, of freedom and regulation. They are a material locus of governance, in which rights of way are determined, communicated and enforced; but they also constitute a site of resistance or disruption, beyond regulation. Addressing phenomena such as the parking space, license plates, and traffic lights, but also speed, road rage and jaywalking, this book offers a legal geography of the vehicular environment: as a dynamic landscape that challenges any tendency to presume a stable relationship between legality and spatiality.

Table of Contents

1. The Road as Fluid Site of Law

2. Legal Materiality of Pavement

3. Public Space and the Paved Articulations of Ownership and Belonging

4. Asphalt Jurisprudence: Go With the Flow

5. Kinetics of Governance

6. Conclusion

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Sarah Marusek is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Hawai'i Hilo