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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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The Everyday Formation of the Urban Space

The Everyday Formation of the Urban Space

Law and Poverty in Mexico City

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The Expanding Spaces of Law

Antonio Azuela

Rodrigo Meneses-Reyes

Stanford University Press

This chapter analyzes how two spatio-legal transformations of Mexico City—the constitution of a workplace for the urban poor and the regulation of land as a means for locating the poor—were shaped, developed, and contested through different legal disputes in the context of the formation of the postrevolutionary state in Mexico City (1930–50). During that period, both Mexico's capital city and its legal system were in transition. The chapter provides new evidence for a debate about the legalities of space prompted by the law and geography turn in sociolegal studies. The chapter is organized around the idea that the impact of the law and geography movement may be enhanced if it locates its findings within a wider context, such as that of the (trans)formation of the nation-state.

Keywords:   legal geography, legal history, Mexico City, postrevolution, state formation, street working

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