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Space, Materiality and the Normative

About the Series

Space, Materiality and the Normative presents new ways of thinking about the connections between space and materiality from a normative perspective. The series is concerned with addressing the use, regulation and experience of space and materiality, broadly understood, and in particular with exploring their links and the challenges they raise for law, politics and normativity.

Space, Materiality and the Normative welcomes analyses of space–materiality–normativity links from any institutional setting (financial market spaces, organisational spaces, urban space, legal space, mediated space, architecture, etc.). Proposals can be theoretical, discussing various conceptual strategies to study the use, regulation and experience space and materiality; they can be historical, outlining changes in how spaces are governed; or they can assume a more contemporary-diagnostic approach, investigating, for example, the emergence of post-national architectures or post-capitalist urban spaces. Submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

  • The changing politics of space, bodies and objects
  • Embedded normativities of spatial governance and resistance
  • Megacities and the regulatory (and experiential) challenges they give rise to
  • Spatial atmospheres, how they are experiences and governed
  • The links between space and materiality
  • Colonial and postcolonial spaces and materialities

The book series is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics, architecture, geography and urban studies.

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

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, School of Law, University of Westminster, email: [email protected]

Christian Borch, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, email: [email protected]

20 Series Titles

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Law, Space, and the Vehicular Environment Pavement and Asphalt

Law, Space, and the Vehicular Environment: Pavement and Asphalt

1st Edition

By Sarah Marusek
May 27, 2024

This book examines the paved road as a liminal space and legal frontier for enlivened, everyday struggles over property, power, and place/definition. Through pavement itself and the pavement-based practices of pavementalities and pavementeering, the road is legally framed as a place for movement. ...

Posthuman Property and Law Commodification and Control through Information, Smart Spaces and Artificial Intelligence

Posthuman Property and Law: Commodification and Control through Information, Smart Spaces and Artificial Intelligence

1st Edition

By Jannice Käll
January 29, 2024

This book analyses the phenomenon of digitally mediated property and considers how it problematises the boundary between human and nonhuman actors. The book addresses the increasingly porous border between personhood and property in digitized settings and considers how the increased ...

Territories, Environments, Politics Explorations in Territoriology

Territories, Environments, Politics: Explorations in Territoriology

1st Edition

Edited By Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Mattias Kärrholm
January 29, 2024

This collection seeks to illustrate the state of the art in territoriological research, both empirical and theoretical. The volume gathers together a series of original, previously unpublished essays exploring the newly emerging territorial formations in culture, politics and society. While the ...

Urban Surfaces, Graffiti, and the Right to the City

Urban Surfaces, Graffiti, and the Right to the City

1st Edition

By Sabina Andron
November 22, 2023

This landmark book focuses on urban surfaces, on exploring their authorship and management, and on their role in struggles for the right to the city. Graffiti, pristine walls, advertising posters, and municipal signage all compete on city surfaces to establish and imprint their values on our ...

Spaces of Law and Custom

Spaces of Law and Custom

1st Edition

Edited By Edoardo Frezet, Marc Goetzmann, Luke Mason
January 09, 2023

This collection brings together a carefully curated selection of researchers from law, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, social ontology and international relations, in order to examine how law and custom interact within specific material and spatial contexts. Normativity develops ...

Law and the Kinetic Environment Regulating Dynamic Landscapes

Law and the Kinetic Environment: Regulating Dynamic Landscapes

1st Edition

By Sarah Marusek
August 29, 2022

This book addresses the legal-geographical implications of the fact that landscapes are not static, but dynamic. Within the field of legal geography, the spatial relationship of law to landscape is usually considered to be static. Environments are often considered fixed, and consequently inert, as ...

Courthouse Architecture, Design and Social Justice

Courthouse Architecture, Design and Social Justice

1st Edition

By Kirsty Duncanson, Emma Henderson
September 29, 2021

This collection interrogates relationships between court architecture and social justice, from consultation and design to the impact of material (and immaterial) forms on court users, through the lenses of architecture, law, socio-legal studies, criminology, anthropology, and a former senior ...

Commoning the City Empirical Perspectives on Urban Ecology, Economics and Ethics

Commoning the City: Empirical Perspectives on Urban Ecology, Economics and Ethics

1st Edition

Edited By Derya Özkan, Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç
March 12, 2020

This collection seeks to expand the limits of current debates about urban commoning practices that imply a radical will to establish collaborative and solidarity networks based on anti-capitalist principles of economics, ecology and ethics. The chapters in this volume draw on case studies in a ...

Crime, Bodies and Space Towards an Ethical Approach to Urban Policies in the Information Age

Crime, Bodies and Space: Towards an Ethical Approach to Urban Policies in the Information Age

1st Edition

By Miriam Tedeschi
December 13, 2019

With cities increasingly following rigid rules for designing out crime and producing spaces under surveillance, this book asks how information shapes bodies, space, and, ultimately, policymaking. In recent years, public spaces have changed in Western countries, with the urban realm becoming an ...

Spatial Justice in the City

Spatial Justice in the City

1st Edition

Edited By Sophie Watson
November 08, 2019

In the context of increasing division and segregation in cities across the world, along with pressing concerns around austerity, environmental degradation, homelessness, violence, and refugees, this book pursues a multidisciplinary approach to spatial justice in the city. Spatial justice has been ...

Towards a Theatrical Jurisprudence

Towards a Theatrical Jurisprudence

1st Edition

By Marett Leiboff
August 12, 2019

This book brings the insights of theatre theory to law, legal interpretation and the jurisprudential to reshape law as a practice of response and responsibility. Confronting a Baconian antitheatrical legality embedded in its jurisprudences and interpretative practices, Marett Leiboff turns to ...

Border Security Shores of Politics, Horizons of Justice

Border Security: Shores of Politics, Horizons of Justice

1st Edition

By Peter Chambers
June 07, 2019

What kind of a world is one in which border security is understood as necessary? How is this transforming the shores of politics? And why does this seem to preclude a horizon of political justice for those affected? Border Security responds to these questions through an interdisciplinary ...

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