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Spaces of Justice

Peripheries, Passages, Appropriations, 1st Edition

Edited by Chris Butler, Edward Mussawir


173 pages

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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 Negri and Yan Thomas, the contributors to this book conduct a series of jurisprudential, aesthetic and political inquiries into ‘just’ modes of occupying space, and the ways in which space comes under the signs of law and justice. Bringing together leading critical legal scholars with theorists and practitioners from other disciplines within the humanities, Spaces of Justice investigates unexplored associations between law and architectural theory, the visual arts, geography and cultural studies. The book contributes to the ongoing destabilisation of the boundaries between law and the broader humanities and will be of considerable interest to scholars and students with an interest in the normative dimensions of law’s ‘spatial turn’.

Table of Contents

Assembling spaces of justice, Chris Butler and Edward Mussawir PERIPHERIES 1. Spatial justice in a world of violence, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos 2. Justice ‘from room to room’: Toward a concept of procedural space in Kafka’s The Trial and the fictional work of Western jurisprudence, Edward Mussawir 3. Artists and gentrification: Is that warehouse conversion my fault?, Zanny Begg PASSAGES 4. Mourning place, Olivia Barr 5. Walking with the dead: Coronial law and spatial justice in the necropolis, Marc Trabsky APPROPRIATIONS 6. Space, politics, justice, Chris Butler 7. Immersing, comprehending and reappropriating: Milan, unreformed, in the alternative architectures of Ugo La Pietra, Alexandra Brown 8. This agitated veil: A spatial justice of the crowd?, Illan rua Wall

About the Editors

Chris Butler and Edward Mussawir are lecturers at the Griffith Law School, Australia. Chris researches in the areas of social theory, critical approaches to state power and urban political ecology. His book Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City (2012) is published by Routledge. Edward's research focuses on various themes in jurisprudence including jurisdiction, judgment and the work of Gilles Deleuze. He is the author of Jurisdiction in Deleuze: The Expression and Representation of Law (2011).

About the Series

Space, Materiality and the Normative

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:

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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Essays
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography