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Title: Place-thinking: the hidden geography of environmental law
Contributor(s): Bartel, Robyn  (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.4337/9781784712570.00014
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/23407
Abstract: Environmental law and its students stand accused of ignoring space. The degree of reflexivity given to law by jurisdiction, history, political favour and case-by-case flexibility is chimeric rather than substantive, serving only to further ensure law's hegemonic attempts to conceal geography and to silence non-human voices. This chapter will demonstrate how analyses of vernacular knowledge and plant perspectives in particular unsettle the universalist, anthropocentric and essentialist gaze of environmental law, while at the same time offering explanatory power hitherto concealed. An alternative methodological pathway for the interrogation of environmental law, revealing its hidden tenets and consequences, as well as a potential opportunity for reform, is presented. To transform its vision and impact environmental law must interrogate its universalist, essentialist, anthropocentric and also utilitarian assumptions. Such a transformation involves a finer-grained attendance to geographical conditions, including not only spatial but also temporal diversity, change and emergence, as well as the incorporation of non-human perspectives and a de-centring of the human. Such lessons of contextualization and deep democratization have relevance for law and policy analysis more generally.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Research Methods in Environmental Law: A Handbook, p. 159-183
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Place of Publication: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781784712570
9781784712563
Field of Research (FOR): 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
960706 Rural Water Policy
960709 Urban Water Policy
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Other Links: https://nla.gov.au/anbd.bib-an61236571
Series Name: Handbooks of Research Methods in Law
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