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Spacing Law and Politics

The Constitution and Representation of the Juridical

By Leif Dahlberg

© 2016 – Routledge

280 pages

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Examining the inherent spatiality of law, both theoretically and as social practice, this book presents a genealogical account of the emergence and the development of the juridical. In an analysis that stretches from ancient Greece, through late antiquity and early modern and modern Europe, and on to the contemporary courtroom, it considers legal and philosophical texts, artistic and literary works, as well as judicial practices, in order to elicit and document a series of critical moments in the history of juridical space. Offering a more nuanced understanding of law than that found in traditional philosophical, political or social accounts of legal history, Dahlberg forges a critical account of the intimate relations between law and politics that shows how juridical space is determined and conditioned in ways that are integral to the very functioning – and malfunctioning – of law.

Table of Contents

Introduction Spacing Law and Politics 1. Emotional Tropes in the Courtroom. On representation of affect and emotion in legal court proceedings 2. Achilles’ Wrath and the Law: Juridical Space(s), Striated and Smooth 3. Before the Temple of Justice: Reading Roman Law Reading 4. Factoring out Justice: Imaginaries of Community, Law, and the Political in Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Niccolò Machiavelli 5. The Spaces of Venice. Reading and Performing the Law in/of The Merchant of Venice 6. Mapping the Law of Strasbourg. Reading Old Maps of Strasbourg as Constituting Juridical Space and Representing Judicial Places 7. A Modern Trial. A Study of the Use of Video-Recorded Testimonies in the Swedish Court of Appeal and of Its Effects on Social Interaction and the Constitution of Judicial Space Concluding remarks. Becoming-Juridical

About the Author

Leif Dahlberg is professor in Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and associate professor in Comparative Literature, Stockholm University, Sweden.

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: andreaspm@westminster.ac.uk

Christian Borch, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, email: cbo.lpf@cbs.dk

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW060000
LAW / Legal History
LAW111000
LAW / Judicial Power