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Concise Encyclopedia of Human Geography

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Human Geography, Social mobility, Law and geography


This encyclopedia entry defines and discusses legal geography. Legal geography is an interdisciplinary area of scholarship that focuses on the intersections and co-constitution between law and space and place: that is, how law and legal processes produce space/place, and how particular places in turn influence law. Rather than thinking of law as an abstract, universal, a-spatial set of rules, legal geography examines the ways in which law is situated in place, and how places are shaped by legal practices and processes.


This is a draft chapter/article. The final version is available in Concise Encyclopedia of Human Geography, edited by Loretta Lees and David Demeritt, published in 2023, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd:

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