Legal geography: becoming spatial detectives

BENNETT, Luke and LAYARD, Antonia (2015). Legal geography: becoming spatial detectives. Geography compass, 9 (7), 406-422.

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Legal geography investigates the co-constitutive relationship of people, place and law. This essay provides an overview of how the law and geography cross disciplinary project emerged from a context of mutual curiosity, and explores how legal practice, in all its discretionary and rule-bound variety, co-produces places through an attentiveness to, and sometimes an apparent dismissal of, spatiality. The essay notes the formative importance of studies on power and inequality within urban governance in this predominantly critical field. However, it also considers how the cross-discipline is increasingly embracing legal geographic scholarship from within cultural, material and post-human geographies. Adopting the metaphor of the ‘spatial detective’, the essay situates legal geography as a way of examining law’s materialisation within space, considering the field’s methods, core concepts and the potential directions in which they may evolve.

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Additional Information: This article will be paid Open access via the co-author.
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1111/gec3.12209
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 10:49
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 00:40

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