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The City of Law

Campbell, Kirsten. 2013. The City of Law. International Journal of Law in Context, 9(2), pp. 192-212. ISSN 1744-5523 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

There is now a well-established ‘spatial turn in law’. However, it remains oriented towards notions of space rather than law. How, then, to capture both the spatiality of law and the legality of space? This article draws on Bruno Latour’s concept of the legal construction of the ‘social’ to explore the assemblage of the city of law. It shows how law functions as a particular form of association in urban life by tracing two key forms of urban legal association in London, the city of law. The first form is ‘legal ordering’. This seeks to order urban life through domination, and includes citadel law, police law and laws of exception. The second is ‘legal consociations’, which build new forms of urban life, such as urban rights, the rights of the city and the right to the city. Finally, the article explores the creation of a spatial justice that can build more just legal associations.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1017/S1744552313000086

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
June 2013Published

Item ID:

8537

Date Deposited:

19 Jun 2013 10:56

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 14:35

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8537
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