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Law’s Materiality: Between Concrete Matters and Abstract Forms, or How Matter Becomes Material

Kang, Hyo Yoon (2018) Law’s Materiality: Between Concrete Matters and Abstract Forms, or How Matter Becomes Material. In: Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulous, Andreas, ed. Routledge Handbook of Law and Theory. Routledge Handbooks . Routledge, London, pp. 453-474. ISBN 978-1-138-95646-9. E-ISBN 978-1-315-66573-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The chapter discusses the current legal scholarship which takes ‘legal materials’ as its objects of analyses. Arguing against an unmediated understanding of matters and materials, it thinks through what are specifically law’s matters in relation to the meaning of legal materiality and differentiates between matter and materiality. The chapter posits a mediated understanding of legal materiality as law’s articulation of its meaning by selectively engaging with concrete matters. Law’s materiality is unruly and unstable because it is continuously realised through interpretive and representational practices, such as texts, spatial orderings and ritualised performances. Law proves to be a recalcitrant and surprising matter which escapes full control.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: matter, materiality
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Hyo Yoon Kang
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2016 21:54 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2020 12:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59602 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kang, Hyo Yoon: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6263-4672
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