Chris Butler – Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City

Recently out with Routledge. Looks good, though shame about the price.

While certain aspects of Henri Lefebvre’s writings have been examined extensively within the disciplines of geography, social theory, urban planning and cultural studies, there has been no comprehensive consideration of his work within legal studies. Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City provides the first serious analysis of the relevance and importance of this significant thinker for the study of law and state power. Introducing Lefebvre to a legal audience, this book identifies the central themes that run through his work, including his unorthodox, humanist approach to Marxist theory, his sociological and methodological contributions to the study of everyday life and his theory of the production of space. These elements of Lefebvre’s thought are explored through detailed investigations of the relationships between law, legal form and processes of abstraction; the spatial dimensions of neoliberal configurations of state power; the political and aesthetic aspects of the administrative ordering of everyday life; and the ‘right to the city’ as the basis for asserting new forms of spatial citizenship. Chris Butler argues that Lefebvre’s theoretical categories suggest a way for critical legal scholars to conceptualise law and state power as continually shaped by political struggles over the inhabitance of space. This book is a vital resource for students and researchers in law, sociology, geography and politics, and all readers interested in the application of Lefebvre’s social theory to specific legal and political contexts.

Thanks to Nick Blomley for alerting me that this was now out.

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6 Responses to Chris Butler – Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City

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  2. Reblogged this on Urban Choreography and commented:
    The original source of the concept of the “the rights to the city” Lefebvre remains a key informant and inspiration on the “Rights to the City, the (Social ) “Production of Space” and The Everyday

  3. dustmote says:

    Reblogged this on Un Blog.

  4. lelandais78 says:

    Reblogged this on Ville En Turquie/CITY IN TURKEY and commented:
    New book on Henri Lefebvre and Right to the city

  5. stuartelden says:

    Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:

    Now out in paperback at a more reasonable price.

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