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The Legal Geographies Reader: Law, Power and Space



The Legal Geographies Reader: Law, Power and Space

Nicholas Blomley, David Delaney (Editor), Richard T. Ford (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-22016-9 February 2001 Wiley-Blackwell 356 Pages

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This timely Reader brings together, for the first time, key writings on the relation between law and geography in an effort to clarify the connections between these two increasingly complex concepts.
List of Contributors.

Foreword (Gordon L. Clark).

Preface: Where is law (David Delaney, Richard T. Ford, and Nicholas Blomley).

Acknowledgments. .

Part I: Legal Places.

Section 1: Public Space.

Introduction (Nicholas Blomley).

1. The Annihilation of Space by Law: The Roots and Implications of Anti-Homeless Laws in the United States (Don Mitchell).

2. Controlling Chronic Misconduct in City Spaces: Of Panhandlers, Skid Rows and Public-Space Zoning (Robert. C. Ellickson).

3. Girls and the Getaway: Cars, Culture, and the Predicament of Gendered Space (Carol. Sanger).

4. Out of Place: Symbolic Domains, Religious Rights and the Cultural Contract (Davina Cooper).

Section 2: Local Racisms and the Law.

Introduction (Richard T. Ford).

5. The Boundaries of Responsibility: Interpretations of Geography in School Desegregation Cases (David Delaney).

6. Polluting the Body Politic: Race and Urban Location (David Theo Goldberg).

7. The Boundaries of Race: Political Geography in Legal Analysis (Richard T. Ford).

8. The Legitimacy of Judicial Decision Making in the Context of Richmond v Croson (Gordon L. Clark).

Section 3: Property and the City.

Introduction (Nicholas Blomley).

9. Landscapes of Property (Nicholas Blomley).

10. Residential Rent Control (Margaret Radin).

11. Suspended in Space: Bedouins Under the Law of Israel (Ronen Shamir).

12. Picturesque Visions (Simon Ryan) .

Part II: National Legalities.

Section 1: State Formation and Legal Centralization.

Introduction (Richard T. Ford).

13. A Legal History of Cities (G. Frug).

14. Territorialization and State Power in Thailand (Peter Vandergeest and Nancy Lee Peluso).

15. Rabies Rides the Fast Train: Transnational Interactions in Post-Colonial Times (Eve Darian-Smith).

16. Law's Territory (A history of jurisdiction) (Richard T. Ford).

Section 2: Environmental Regulation.

Introduction (David Delaney).

17. Property Rights and the Economy of Nature: Understanding Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council (Joseph Sax).

18. The Property Rights Movement: How it Began, Where it is Headed (Nancie Marzulla).

Part III: Globalization and Law.

Introduction (David Delaney).

19. 'Let Them Eat Cake': Globalization, Postmodern Colonialism and the Possibilities of Justice (Susan Silbey).

20. The View from the International Plane: Perspective and Scale in the Architecture of Colonial International Law (Annelise Riles).

21. Border Crossings: NAFTA, Regulatory Restructuring and the Politics of Place (Ruth Buchanan).

22. Anthropological Approaches to Law and Society in Conditions of Globalization (Rosemary Coombe).


"The Reader in Law and Geography combines the talents of diverse professionals focused upon
issues of enormous importance" Professor Gordon L. Clark, University of Oxford

"The mutual inscription of law in space and of space in law, for so long invisible, emerges in this volume with the utmost clarity and cogency" Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal

  • This is the first text to define and sustain the significance of law in relation to geography.
  • Brings together a range of readings which have, until now, been scattered in different publications, many not easily available.
  • The editors are very well-known academics from a range of backgrounds providing differing perspectives to give readers a full picture.
  • A highly topical subject which has a growing international audience.