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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 Rural Lawscape

The Rural Lawscape

Space Tames Law Tames Space

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(p.190) 8 The Rural Lawscape
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The Expanding Spaces of Law
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Lisa R. Pruitt

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804787185.003.0009

This chapter theorizes the significance of rural spatiality in relation to law and legal processes by exploring the mutually constitutive dynamic between law and spatiality in contemporary rural contexts. It posits that law and rural spatiality are in tension because the presence of law as an ordering force is at odds with the sociospatial character of rurality. Features of rural sociospatiality often impede the efforts of law's agents and processes, thus making for a less robust legal presence. Given that critical legal geographers have largely ignored rurality, this chapter begins the work of bringing the rural into scholarly view. But this investigation into the rural lawscape reveals not only something about rural difference; it also reveals law's variegated and variable nature. By looking to the rural margins, this chapter also says something about the center; the process by which law differentiates the rural also depicts the implicit urban norm.

Keywords:   criminal procedure, law and lawscape, metrocentricity, privacy, rural, spatial isolation, vulnerability, wilderness

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