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Social Justice

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Within a broad geopolitical and intellectual landscape, this new, theoretically engaged, interdisciplinary series explores institutional and grassroots practices of social justice across a range of spatial scales. While the pursuit of social justice is as important as it has ever been, its character, conditions, values, and means of advancement are being radically questioned and rethought in the light of contemporary challenges and choices. Attuned to these varied and evolving contexts, Social Justice explores the complex conditions social justice politics confronts and inhabits – of crisis, shock, and erosion, as well as renewal and social invention, of change as well as continuity.

Foregrounding struggle, imagined alternatives and the embedding of new norms, the Social Justice series welcomes books which critically and normatively address the values underpinning new social politics, everyday forms of embodied practice, new dissident knowledges, and struggles to institutionalise change. In particular, the series seeks to explore state and non-state forms of organisation, analysing the different pathways through which social justice projects are put into practice, and the contests their practice generates. More generally, submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

• The changing politics of equality and social justice

• The establishment of alternative, organised sites and networks through which social and political experimentation take place

• The phenomenology of power, inequality and changing social relations

• Techniques of governance through which social change and equality agendas are advanced and institutionalised across different geographic scales

• Institutionalisation of new norms (through official and unofficial forms of institutionalisation) and struggles over them

• Practices of resistance, reversal, counter-hegemony and anti-normativity

• Changing values, practices, and the ways in which relations of inequality and difference are understood

Social Justice is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics and cultural studies. The series welcomes proposals that advance theoretical discussion about social justice, power, institutions, grass-roots practice and values/ ethics. Seeking to develop new conversations across different disciplines and fields, and working with wide-ranging methodologies, Social Justice seeks contributions that are open, engaging, and which speak to a wide, diverse academic audience across all areas of the law, social sciences and humanities.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Davina Cooper, Kings College London, WC2R 2LS, UK
[email protected]

Sarah Lamble, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017
[email protected]

Sarah Keenan, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6017
[email protected]


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Gender Recognition and the Law Troubling Transgender Peoples' Engagement with Legal Regulation

Gender Recognition and the Law: Troubling Transgender Peoples' Engagement with Legal Regulation

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By Flora Renz
February 02, 2024

Analysing the strategies people use to resist, accept and respond to laws that attempt to shape not just their behaviour, but also their identity, this book pursues a critical engagement with legal gender transition.  The Gender Recognition Act (GRA) has often been described as a groundbreaking and...

Feminism, Violence Against Women, and Law Reform Decolonial Lessons from Ecuador

Feminism, Violence Against Women, and Law Reform: Decolonial Lessons from Ecuador

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By Silvana Tapia Tapia
January 29, 2024

Offering an important addition to existing critiques of governance feminism and carceral expansion based mainly on experiences from the Global North, this book critically addresses feminist law reform on violence against women, from a decolonial perspective. Challenging the consensus that penal ...

Activism and the Detention of Migrants The Law and Politics of Immigration Detention

Activism and the Detention of Migrants: The Law and Politics of Immigration Detention

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By Tom Kemp
December 05, 2023

This book is an empirically grounded, critical engagement with the politics of immigration detention and deportation. Focusing on the constitutive tensions and political generativity within the activist practices of the anti-detention movement, this book examines the distinction between ...

Living Legacies of Social Injustice Power, Time and Social Change

Living Legacies of Social Injustice: Power, Time and Social Change

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Edited By Chris Beasley, Pam Papadelos
August 14, 2023

Through a wide range of international and interdisciplinary case studies, this book develops the notion of legacy, and in particular, ‘living legacy’– that is, it explores power relations in the context of time as a means to considering and challenging social injustice. Legacies of social ...

Law, Registration, and the State Making Identities through Space, Place, and Movement

Law, Registration, and the State: Making Identities through Space, Place, and Movement

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By Jess Smith
July 28, 2023

This book provides an original and compelling analysis of registration as a dynamic process which makes and unmakes legal identities. Critical legal and socio-legal scholarship tends to assume that registration is a textually mediated act of statecraft which governs through the technology of ...

The Spaces of Mental Capacity Law Moving Beyond Binaries

The Spaces of Mental Capacity Law: Moving Beyond Binaries

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By Beverley Clough
May 31, 2023

This book explores the conceptual spaces and socio-legal context which mental capacity laws inhabit. It will be seen that these norms are created and reproduced through the binaries that pervade mental capacity laws in liberal legal jurisdictions- such as capacity/incapacity; autonomy/paternalism; ...

The Sexual Logics of Neoliberalism in Britain Sexual Politics in Exceptional Times

The Sexual Logics of Neoliberalism in Britain: Sexual Politics in Exceptional Times

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By Aura Lehtonen
December 30, 2022

This book explores the relationship between sexuality and politics in Britain’s recent political past, in the decade preceding the Covid-19 pandemic, and asks what sexual meanings and logics are embedded in the dominant political discourses and policies of this time. A discursive framing of ‘...

Self-Declaration in the Legal Recognition of Gender

Self-Declaration in the Legal Recognition of Gender

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By Chris Dietz
October 21, 2022

Self-Declaration in the Legal Recognition of Gender examines the impact of legislation premised upon the principle of ‘self-declaration’ of legal gender status. Existing doctrinal and comparative analyses have tended to come out strongly in favour of, or against, self-declaration. This book offers...

Law, Judges and Visual Culture

Law, Judges and Visual Culture

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By Leslie J Moran
May 30, 2022

Law, Judges and Visual Culture analyses how pictures have been used to make, manage and circulate ideas about the judiciary through a variety of media from the sixteenth century to the present. This book offers a new approach to thinking about and making sense of the important social ...

Paradoxes of Neoliberalism Sex, Gender and Possibilities for Justice

Paradoxes of Neoliberalism: Sex, Gender and Possibilities for Justice

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Edited By Elizabeth Bernstein, Janet R Jakobsen
December 24, 2021

From the rise of far-right regimes to the tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent years have brought global upheaval as well as the sedimentation of longstanding social inequalities. Analyzing the complexities of the current political moment in different geographic regions, this book addresses the ...

Disability, Criminal Justice and Law Reconsidering Court Diversion

Disability, Criminal Justice and Law: Reconsidering Court Diversion

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By Linda Steele
December 13, 2021

Through theoretical and empirical examination of legal frameworks for court diversion, this book interrogates law’s complicity in the debilitation of disabled people. In a post-deinstitutionalisation era, diverting disabled people from criminal justice systems and into mental health and disability...

Feeling Queer Jurisprudence Injury, Intimacy, Identity

Feeling Queer Jurisprudence: Injury, Intimacy, Identity

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By Senthorun Raj
September 30, 2021

This book draws on the analytic and political dimensions of queer, alongside the analytic and political usefulness of emotion, to navigate legal interventions aimed at progressing the rights of LGBT people.Scholars, activists, lawyers, and judges concerned with eliminating violence and ...

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