Protest, Property and the Commons
Performances of Law and Resistance
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Series: Social Justice
Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance examines the occupation of space as a mode of resistance. Drawing on the phenomena of social centres, as radical political communities that use the space of squatted, rented, or owned property, the book considers how such communities offer an alternative form of law to that of the state. It then goes on to address the relationship between this form of law and recent protest phenomena, such as the Occupy movement. How does the performance of an alternative law enact a ‘commons’? How and why is this manifested in the legal occupation of space? And what does this relationship between space and the commons indicate about the criminalisation of the occupation of space? Contributing to an ongoing re-imagination of the law of property, Protest, Property and the Commons will be of interest to anyone concerned with the role of law in political protest.
Chapter 1: Social Centres; Chapter 2: Legal Plurality; Chapter 3: Social Centre Law; Chapter 4: Performance, Archive and Theatre of the Commons; Chapter 5: The Archive, Alternative Law and the Year of the Protestor; Chapter 6: Removal of the Other; Chapter 7: The Archive of Law; Chapter 8: The Futures of Legal Innovation, Protest, Property and the Commons
Lucy Finchett-Maddock is Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex