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The Expanding Spaces of LawA Timely Legal Geography$
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Irus Braverman, Nicholas Blomley, and David Delaney

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787185

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787185.001.0001

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Learning From Larry

Learning From Larry

Pragmatism and the Habits of Legal Space

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The Expanding Spaces of Law

Nicholas Blomley

Stanford University Press

This chapter draws on American pragmatism, particularly John Dewey's work on habit, to present a careful legal geography of everyday, lived spaces and their effects on action and behavior. The chapter suggests that the concept of habit may be useful in its refusal of dualistic thinking, its emphasis on transaction and event, and its resistance to “law” and “space” as abstractions. A pragmatic emphasis on habit, conversely, redirects the attention to practices and action, opening the door to more processual and temporal legal geographies. The chapter finally argues that legal geographers should embrace pragmatism more generally, as it is helpful in encouraging us to be cautious of metaphysical thinking in relation to concepts such as power, society, and law.

Keywords:   custom, democracy, Dewey, dualism, embodiment, habit, law, power, pragmatism, property

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