Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance.pdf

Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance.pdf



Protest, Property and the Commons focuses on the alternative property narratives of 'social centres' (political squats) and how the spaces and their communities create their own form of social centre law or law of resistance. This resistant law represents not just non-institutional legality but also a performance of nonlinear time, as opposed to the linear trajectory of institutionalised state law, demonstrating the integral role of time and space in law and resistance. It is a philosophical, contextual account of the spatio-temporal intersection of individual property in law and resistance.

Protest, Property and the Commons is unique in that it combines critical legal theory with legal pluralism, legal geography, post-structuralism and new materialisms in understanding the spatio-temporal constitution of resistance to law, the use of state law by protest movements and the creation of informal legalities. Useful for anyone working within the area of informal property in land, commons, protest and adverse possession, the focus of social centres provides a ground-breaking platform for illustrating the integral role of time, space and performance the processes of institution in law and resistance.




Lucy Finchett-Maddock is Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex, UK. Her research looks at critical legal, legal geographical and entropic explorations of law, resistance, property, aesthetics, and politics. 


1. Resistance to Law to Resistance  2. Social Centres  3. Property and the A-Legal Vacuum  4. Social Centre Law  5. Reclamation of Social Space and the Theatre of the Commons  6. Memory, Performance and the Archive  7. Time and Succession  8. The Memory of the Commons and the Memory of Enclosure  Conclusion – Liminal Futures


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