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1st Edition

Law and the City

ISBN 9780415420341
Published April 10, 2007 by Routledge-Cavendish
304 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Law and the City offers a lateral, critical and often unexpected description of some of the most important cities in the world, including Moscow, Istanbul, Berlin, Singapore, Athens, Mexico City, Toronto, Sydney, Johannesburg: each one from a distinctive legal perspective.

An invaluable 'guide' to adopting a different approach to the city and its history, culture and everyday experience, Law and the City is not simply an exploration of the relationship between these two spheres.

It details:

  • a flourishing of law’s spatiality and urban legal locality
  • an unfolding of both the juridical urban body and the city’s legal dreams, of both the ‘urban law’ and the ‘juridical polis’.

Enlightening and at the same time problematizing the reader, this volume is an innovative collection of truly global dimensions that will prove compelling reading both for specialists and for critical travellers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 'In the Lawscape' Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos  Part 1: Architectonics of Power  1. 'Berlin: The Untrusted Centre of the Law' Chris Thornhil  2. 'Moscow: Third Rome, Model Communist City, Eurasian Antagonist - and Power as No-Power?' Bill Bowring  3. 'Istanbul, Political Islam and the Law: the Paradox of Modernity' Penny Green  Part 2: Streets of the Real  4. 'Homophobic Violence in London: Challenging Assumptions about Strangers, Dangers and Safety in the City' Leslie Moran  5. 'Singapore: The One-Night Stand with the Law, Lah' Thilo Tetzlaff  6. 'Panjim: Realms of Law and Imagination' Jason Keith Fernandes  Part 3: Legality, Illegality, Legitimacy  7. 'Athens: The Boundless City and the Crisis of Law' Julia Chryssostalis  8. 'Mexico City: The City and its Law in Eight Episodes, 1940 - 2005' Antonio Azuelam  9. 'Law and the Poor: The Case of Dar es Salaam' Patrick McAuslan  Part 4: The Other Intramuros  10. 'Toronto: A ‘Multicultural’ Urban Order' Mariana Valverde  11. 'Sydney: Aspiration, Asylum and the Denial of the 'Right to the City'' Chris Butler  12.'Johannesburg: A Tale of Two Cases' Johan van der Walt  Part 5: Lines of Lawscapes  13. 'Brasília: Utopia Postponed' Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos  14. 'Cyber Cities: Under Construction' Bela Chatterjee  15. 'First We Take Manhattan: Microtopia and Grammatology in Gotham' Peter Goodrich

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Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos is a reader in the School of Law at the University of Westminster, UK. His main research interests cover phenomenology, autopoiesis, critical legal theory, urban theory, human rights, psychoanalysis, theology, geography and art theory.