© 2016 – Routledge
224 pages | 20 B/W Illus.
Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance examines the occupation of space as a mode of resistance. Drawing on the phenomena of social centres, as radical political communities that use the space of squatted, rented, or owned property, the book considers how such communities offer an alternative form of law to that of the state. It then goes on to address the relationship between this form of law and recent protest phenomena, such as the Occupy movement. How does the performance of an alternative law enact a ‘commons’? How and why is this manifested in the legal occupation of space? And what does this relationship between space and the commons indicate about the criminalisation of the occupation of space? Contributing to an ongoing re-imagination of the law of property, Protest, Property and the Commons will be of interest to anyone concerned with the role of law in political protest.
Chapter 1: Social Centres; Chapter 2: Legal Plurality; Chapter 3: Social Centre Law; Chapter 4: Performance, Archive and Theatre of the Commons; Chapter 5: The Archive, Alternative Law and the Year of the Protestor; Chapter 6: Removal of the Other; Chapter 7: The Archive of Law; Chapter 8: The Futures of Legal Innovation, Protest, Property and the Commons
Within a broad geopolitical and intellectual landscape, this new, theoretically engaged, interdisciplinary series explores institutional and grassroots practices of social justice across a range of spatial scales. While the pursuit of social justice is as important as it has ever been, its character, conditions, values, and means of advancement are being radically questioned and rethought in the light of contemporary challenges and choices. Attuned to these varied and evolving contexts, Social Justice explores the complex conditions social justice politics confronts and inhabits – of crisis, shock, and erosion, as well as renewal and social invention, of change as well as continuity.
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