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Space, Materiality and the Normative


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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]

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Spaces of Indigenous Justice: Applying Theory to Practical Problems

Spaces of Indigenous Justice: Applying Theory to Practical Problems

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jennifer Hendry, Melissa L Tatum
January 01, 2021

This book employs critical theory to investigate the different worldviews involved in an engagement with indigenous normativities, and to suggest practical solutions for overcoming the systemic inequalities between Indigenous and non-indigenous cultures. Drawing upon recent conceptualisations of ‘...

Parliamentary Practices and the Nature of Constitutional Power: Assembling the Leviathan

Parliamentary Practices and the Nature of Constitutional Power: Assembling the Leviathan

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Kristin Asdal, Bard Hobaek
January 01, 2021

As institutions of law, parliaments are usually understood with reference to constitutional texts, and analysed as sites of speech and rhetoric, the material aspects of parliamentary politics are routinely overlooked. In response, this book considers how, in order to assemble and to enact its...

Law and the Kinetic Environment: Regulating Dynamic Landscapes

Law and the Kinetic Environment: Regulating Dynamic Landscapes

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sarah Marusek
January 01, 2021

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 places that literally don’t go anywhere. Typically, then, it is what happens in these places, rather than the...

Law, Space and the Vehicular Environment: Legal Geography in Motion

Law, Space and the Vehicular Environment: Legal Geography in Motion

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sarah Marusek
January 01, 2021

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...

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

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

1st Edition

Derya Özkan, Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç
March 13, 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

Miriam Tedeschi
December 16, 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

Sophie Watson
November 11, 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

Marett Leiboff
August 23, 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

Peter Chambers
June 10, 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...

Law, Art and the Commons

Law, Art and the Commons

1st Edition

Merima Bruncevic
March 21, 2019

The concept of the cultural commons has become increasingly important for legal studies. Within this field, however, it is a contested concept: at once presented as a sphere for creativity, democratic access and freedom of speech, but one that denies property rights and misappropriates the...

Controlling Urban Events: Law, Ethics and the Material

Controlling Urban Events: Law, Ethics and the Material

1st Edition

Andrea Pavoni
March 21, 2019

How does order emerge out of the multiplicity of bodies, objects, ideas and practices that constitute the urban? This book explores the relation between space, law and control in the contemporary city – and particularly in the context of urban ‘mega events’ – through a combined geographical and...

Spaces of Justice: Peripheries, Passages, Appropriations

Spaces of Justice: Peripheries, Passages, Appropriations

1st Edition

Chris Butler, Edward Mussawir
July 25, 2018

This collection is inspired by the transdisciplinary possibilities posed by the connections between space and justice. Drawing on a variety of theoretical influences that include Henri Lefebvre, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Doreen Massey, Gillian Rose, Walter Benjamin, Elias Canetti, Antonio...

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