Law's Spatial Turn: Geography, Justice and a Certain Fear of Space

"... if the spatial turn carries on unfolding itself only on the concrete, ignoring the abstract, philosophically examined side of either space or law, the discourse itself will be impoverished and debilitated. I would also add a caution against the fetishization of legal materiality. By not armouring itself against the conceptual minefield that abstraction can be, and permitting itself an unanchored embeddedness, law’s spatial turn risks being co-opted by conservative political and social thinking (just like other ‘‘grand’’ ideas, such as sustainability, globalization, identity and so on). By not facing its fear of abstraction, the space of the law allows whoever feels more at ease with it to manipulate its embeddedness, thereby converting it from a radical tool to a hegemonic presence."

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos 'Law's Spatial Turn: Geography, Justice and a Certain Fear of SpaceLaw, Culture and the Humanities 7 (2) (2010) 187, 193-4.

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