Tag: Justice

Launch: Spatial Justice: Body, Lawscape, Atmosphere, 5 Dec 2014, University of Westminster

This book took a few chunks of my soul, several sleepless nights and copious amounts of chocolate to write. Do come along and help me launch it. There will be book presentations by the inspiring Anne Bottomley, Lindsay Bremner, Peter Fitzpatrick and, if the date fits, Doreen Massey. There will be ‘performance readings’ from artists/thinkers Roswitha Gerlitz,…

The Encrypted Constitution: A New Paradigm of Oppression

Encryption

The key to power as domination in our pseudo-democratic, globalized world is its encryption. Our task is to develop strategies for its decryption. Ever since judicial supremacy was affirmed in Marbury v Madison [5 US 137 (1803)], the political content of US-inspired constitutions has been compressed and turned into purely techno-legal content (ordinary law). What…

All Rise: What Does Justice Sound Like?

‘Liberate Tate’ raises awareness of the uglier side to BP funding of Tate galleriesThree years ago last Saturday, an oil rig around 50 kilometres off the coast of Louisiana exploded.  The explosion killed eleven workers instantaneously, and marked the beginning of an 87-day period of uncontrollable crude oil spillage into the Gulf of Mexico, the…

Seeds of Justice

Today Al Weiwei’s installation at Tate Modern comes to an end. Unfortunately, the Chinese artist is currently in the limelight due to more pressing reasons, since his arrest earlier this month, followed by the usual array of ‘solid’ evidences provided by the Chinese Government, as well as some awkward silence. It is to him that this…

Bearing Justice

The ‘domino effect’ is a remarkably crude mechanical metaphor which once again implicitly informs mainstream characterisations1 of the revolutions in play in Tunisia, Egypt, and to a lesser degree Algeria.  The assumption of a spatially linear series of cause and effect, pleasing as it is to the relaxed mind, serves at once to localise the…

Looking for Spatial Justice

Where is justice? Or, more precisely, what is the where of justice? For quite some time the elephant in the room of social science’s spatial turn – the formula was only mentioned three times in the last century, as Soja noted – this question has gained significant momentum in the last few years. Geographers and…