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Controlling Urban Events: Law, Ethics and the Material


ISBN13: 9781138645141
Published: December 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00



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How does order emerge out of the multiplicity of bodies, objects, ideas and practices that constitute the urban? This book explores the relation between space, law and control in the contemporary city – and particularly in the context of urban ‘mega events’ – through a combined geographical and normative analysis. Informed by the recent spatial, affective and material ‘turns’ in the humanities and social sciences, Andrea Pavoni addresses this question by pursuing an innovative and trans-disciplinary approach, capable of accounting for the emergence of order in urban space both at the conceptual and empirical levels.

Two overarching objectives are pursued. First, to account for the increasing convergence of logics, techniques and technologies of law, security and marketing into novel, potentially oppressive spatial configurations. Second, to envisage a consistent ethico-political strategy to counter this evolution, by rethinking originally and in radically spatial terms the notion of justice. Forging a sophisticated and original analysis, this book offers an analysis that will be of considerable interest to those working in critical urban geography, critical legal studies and surveillance and control studies.

Subjects:
Law and Society
Contents:
Introduction
1. Space, Matter, Tuning
2. Law, Space, Justice
3. Law, Life, Control
4. Tuning the City
5. Cosmic Justice
Conclusion: an Exhibition