1st Edition

Politics of Parking
Rights, Identity, and Property

ISBN 9781138116924
Published May 24, 2017 by Routledge
176 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

There is more to parking law than just parking penalties. Considering the ways in which law works in everyday life, and in familiar places of common experience where the presence of law is not obvious, this book explores the various notions of the right to park, which jurisprudentially is enacted between individuals in everyday parking. From parking areas to the courtroom, parking engenders disputes over equality, speech, legitimacy, and entitlement that reach beyond the stated scope of policy. Looking beyond the obvious, this book examines the contested site of the parking space as a place of socio-legal meaning where property claims and rights shape identities. Adopting a constitutive approach to the study of law, the book examines how regulation of parking policy is at odds with the force of localised politics, producing competing notions of legality and examples of legal semiotics within the terrain of legal geography.



Sarah Marusek is assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She has written extensively on law and society, legal semiotics, and jurisprudence, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.


'Law is everywhere, even in parking spaces. In this fascinating study of the constitutive role of law, Sarah Marusek shows how parking rules both reflect and create rights and identities. By focusing on the banal and everyday, this book shows vividly how law is multiple and multiply constitutive of many dimensions of social life.' Sally Engle Merry, New York University, USA

'This book explores innovative ways of communication, bringing together law and language under the comprehensive rubrics of Cultural Visual Studies. Politics of Parking promotes newly emerging issues on visual studies, encouraging researchers and scholars to deepen their knowledge on the theory, practice and pedagogy of legal visual studies.' Anne Wagner, Université du Littoral Cote d'Opale, France

'... In sum, this is a challenging, nuanced and creative piece of scholarship which in its sustained focus on the social, legal and political practices relating to parking enlivens and illuminates our grasp of space, law and everyday life.' International Journal for the Semiotics of Law