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    Space and belonging

    Keenan, Sarah (2021) Space and belonging. In: Valverde, M. and Clarke, K.M. and Darian Smith, E. and Kotiswaran, P. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Law and Society. Routledge. ISBN 9780367234249.

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    A particularly significant relation between subjects and spaces is that of belonging, which manifests in many ways, both legally and socially. Cooper considers belonging in two ways: firstly, the relationship whereby an object, space, or rights over it belong to a subject, and secondly, the constitutive relationship of part to whole whereby attributes, qualities, or characteristics belong to a thing or a subject. In order to constitute property, the set of networked relations that Cooper describes must form a space that holds up relations of belonging: conceptually, socially, and physically supporting them. Focusing on space and belonging requires the reader to broaden the focus of analysis away from the individual subject and onto the broader networks of relations in which the subject exists. Social and legal questions become less straightforward, as shifting spaces and relations is more difficult than disciplining individuals, but this complexity matches that of the world, and makes for rich research.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an extract/chapter. Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Sarah Keenan
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2021 13:38
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:55


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