lunedì 18 gennaio 2010

Mahmud on Law and Geography

Tayyab Mahmud has published Law and Geography: A Commentary from the Margins of Empire

Here is the abstract

This commentary examines the relationship between law and geography through the prism of colonialism and empire. Using two novels set in the India of 19th and 21st century, respectively, it evaluates the so-called first law of geography that posits determinative valance of spatial distance upon relations between things. It is argued that the formative and enduring relationship between global systems of domination and modern law has created a geo-legal space that has a global dimension. This geo-legal space procreates norms and subjectivities that are intimately related to spatially distant forces and projects.

Download the paper from SSRN at the link


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