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The Spaces of Mental Capacity Law
Moving Beyond Binaries

ISBN 9781138478695
Published October 22, 2021 by Routledge
208 Pages

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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; empowerment/protection; carer/cared-for; disabled/non-disabled; public/private. Whilst on one level the book demonstrates the pervasive reach of laws questioning individuals mental capacity, within and beyond the medical context which it is most commonly associated with, at a deeper and perhaps more important level it challenges the underlying norms and assumptions underpinning the very idea of mental capacity, and reflects outwards on the transformative potential of these realisations for other areas of law. In doing so, whilst the book offers lessons for mental capacity law scholarship in terms of reform efforts at both domestic and internationals levels, it also offers ways to develop our understandings of a range of linked legal, policy and theoretical concepts. In so doing, it offers new critical vantage points for both legal critique and conceptual change beyond mental capacity law.

The book will be of interest to researchers in mental capacity law, disability law and socio-legal studies as well as critical geographers and disability studies scholars.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Conceptual Terrain: Spatial Dynamics and Law  2. Spatial Dynamics and Disability: Interrogating the Terrain of the Mental Capacity Act 2005  3. Capacity/Incapacity: A Dynamic Disability Critique  4. Care/Disability - Challenging the Divide Through Relationality  5. State/Individual: Situating the State  6. Freedom/Deprivation of Liberty: The Logics of Liberty in Mental Capacity Law  7. Public/Private: Dichotomies of Powerlessness in the Court of Protection  Conclusion

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Beverley Clough is based in the Law Department at the University of Leeds.