Race, Space, and the Law belongs to a growing field of exploration that spans critical geography, sociology, law, education, and critical race and feminist studies. Writers who share this terrain reject the idea that spaces, and the arrangement of bodies in them, emerge naturally over time. Instead, they look at how spaces are created and the role of law in shaping and supporting them. They expose hierarchies that emerge from, and in turn produce, oppressive spatial categories. The authors' unmapping takes us through drinking establishments, parks, slums, classrooms, urban spaces of prostitution, parliaments, the main streets of cities, mosques, and the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders. Each example demonstrates that place, as a Manitoba Court of Appeal judge concluded after analyzing a section of the Indian Act, becomes race.
Sherene Razack teaches in the Sociology and Equity Studies in Education program at the University of Toronto.
Between the Lines
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Geography & Earth Science: Textbooks & Study Guides