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From space immaterial: the invisibility of the lawscape

Fitzgerald, Sharon and Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Andreas (2008) From space immaterial: the invisibility of the lawscape. Griffith Law Review, 17 (2). pp. 438-454. ISSN 1038-3441

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Abstract

This article aims to interrogate law's ambivalent relationship with urban space. It deals with the paradoxical relation between law and the city, visibility and invisibility, materiality and abstraction, and polis and metropolis. It builds on previous work on the lawscape, namely the priority of invitation by law or the city to be conditioned by the other, and expands this line of thought towards a more tangible understanding of visibility and its mutual constitution with invisibility. We believe that spatialisation is a relevant avenue for law's (re)conceptualisation because it moves away from a description of humanism based on the universality of subjectivity, and paves the way for a particularised and material description of law's multiplicity that specifically addresses law's social positioning. This inevitably leads to a dematerialisation of space and the reinstatement of circularity between concreteness and abstraction. Inspired by some of the themes addressed by the contributors in this issue, we begin constructing a vocabulary of lawscaping, where law and urban space are brought together in an epistemological embrace that targets and eventually questions the solipsistic way in which the two of them have been conceptualised so far.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Law and geography, law and space, city, phenomenology, visual semiotics
Research Community:University of Westminster > Law, School of
ID Code:6563
Deposited On:27 Apr 2009 11:21
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 11:21

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