Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space is an international and interdisciplinary journal that provides a forum for the discussion of the mutually constitutive relation between the social and the spatial. It seeks to be philosophically sophisticated, to be practically relevant, and to concretely theorise a range of contemporary, historical, political, and cultural contexts.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 4, August

Darkness, Travel and Landscape: India by Fire- and Starlight, C1820-C1860
Abstract. Scholars have written and theorised landscape mainly by the light of day. Not only does such a perspective bypass a significant portion of human experience, it conflicts with some past diurnal routines of dwelling and mobility, such as mid-nineteenth...
Editorial Team Changes
The Society and Space editorial team changes with this issue as Stuart Elden departs after almost nine years as editor. Stuart's tenure marked a rich time for the journal. He worked tirelessly to expand the interdisciplinary and international network...
Frames of Law: Targeting Advice and Operational Law in the Israeli Military
Abstract. In this paper I draw on interviews conducted with former Israeli military lawyers about their role in lethal targeting operations. I argue that military lawyers and the practice of operational law help to legitimize and extend violence in...
Genealogies of Liberal Violence: Human Rights, State Violence, and the Police
Abstract. This paper presents a genealogical analysis of the relationship between liberal state violence and the contemporary liberal will-to-care by way of an exploration of what is sometimes referred to as 'humanitarian war'. I explore the historical...
Infrastructuring Aid: Materializing Humanitarianism in Northern Kenya
Abstract. In numerous African countries humanitarian and development organizations-as well as governments--are expanding expenditures on social protection schemes as a means of poverty alleviation. These initiatives, which typically provide small cash...
In the Face of Epistemic Injustices?: On the Meaning of People-Led War Crimes Tribunals
Abstract. This paper seeks to render intelligible the meaning of the vibrant tradition of people-led war crimes tribunals (PWCTs) which has emerged in the past half a century. Drawing upon recent postcolonial critiques of extant literature on geographies...
Ordinary Theatre and Extraordinary Law at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Abstract. This paper examines Cambodia's current international criminal tribunal (ICT)-the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)--using a critical geopolitics of justice approach. This approach holds that ICTs necessarily work within...
Piracy and the Production of Security Space
Abstract. Since the emergence of Somali piracy as a threat to the circulation of cargo and capital through the Gulf of Aden, we have seen a massive effort on the part of global institutions, states, militaries, and private sector actors to protect...
Securitizing Instability: The US Military and Full Spectrum Operations
Abstract. This paper examines the recent broadening of the US military's overseas mission into what it calls 'full spectrum operations' and critiques how it is being enabled by what I term 'full spectrum law'. The paper explores the important doctrinal...
Too Difficult to Protect: A History of the 1934 Monaco Draft and the Problem of Territory for International Humanitarian Law
Abstract. 'Blurry', 'indeterminate', and 'elastic' are terms used to describe the spatial, legal, and categorical ambiguities that have characterized the war-law-space nexus since September 11th. I argue here that these same qualities were central...
War, Law, Jurisdiction, and Juridical Othering: Private Military Security Contractors and the Nisour Square Massacre
Abstract. In September 2007 private contractors working for Blackwater, a private military contracting firm based in the US, killed seventeen people in Nisour Square in Iraq and severely injured more than twenty others. For over seven years the contractors...
War/law/space Notes toward a Legal Geography of War
Abstract. To some degree war has always entailed its rhetorics of justification and regimes of authorization. Today, however, war and law have become inseparable; now more than ever, war requires a legal armature to secure its legitimacy and organize...
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