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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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Who's Afraid of Methodology?

Who's Afraid of Methodology?

Advocating a Methodological Turn in Legal Geography

(p.120) 5 Who's Afraid of Methodology?
The Expanding Spaces of Law

Irus Braverman

Stanford University Press

Alongside the push to expand legal geography into new spaces and temporalities “out there,” this chapter proposes an inward expansion: a reflection on how we come to write what we write, rather than where, when, and why we do so. Such greater awareness to the craftsmanship of legal geography will pay off in a range of ways, most important, by increasing our methodological diversity and interdisciplinarity. As a way to invite legal geographers to explore how they craft their own research, the chapter reflects on the pitfalls and virtues of zoo ethnography, introducing ethnographic concepts such as studying-up, multi-sites, and para-ethnography. The author argues that because of our unique training in the intersections of law and geography, we are well equipped to unveil the powers of various administrative structures. Institutional and administrative ethnographies should thus take on the important role that they deserve in legal geography.

Keywords:   ethnography, legal geography, methodology, multi-sites, para-ethnography, studying-up, zoos

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