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Parution : 06/2019
Editeur : Routledge
ISBN : 978-1-1383-3761-9
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Law, Cinema, and the Ill City

Imagining Justice and Order in Real and Fictional Cities

Édité par Anne Wagner, Le Cheng


This book uses film and television as a resource for addressing the social and legal ills of the city. It presents a range of approaches to view the ill city through cinematic and televisual characterization in urban frameworks, political contexts, and cultural settings. Each chapter deconstructs the meaning of urban space as public space while critically generating a focus on order and justice, exploring issues such as state disorder, lawlessness, and revenge. The approach presents a careful balance between theory and application. The original and novel ideas presented in this book will be essential reading for those interested in the presentation of law and place in cultural texts such as film.


Table of Contents

Editorial Chapter. Imagining Law, Justice and Order in Ill Cities – Anne WAGNER (Centre de Recherche Droits & Perspectives du Droit - EA n°4487, France) & Le CHENG (Zhejiang University, China)


Part I. Imagining Ill Cities, their treatments under various movie scenarios

Chapter 1. The Dark Side of Cleanliness and Order: Visual Renderings of Oppression in Dystopian Science Fiction Cinema - Raffaella BACCOLINI & Ira TORRESI (University of Bologna at Forli – Italy)

Chapter 2. ‘Wanna Fight’: Utopia-Dystopia in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Recent Cinema - Mark FEATHERSTONE (Keele University, UK)

Chapter 3. The Dysfunctional Town and the Social Contract: Figures of Violence in the Liberal Legal Imaginary - Honni VAN RIJSWIJK (School Of law, UTS, Australia)

Chapter 4. Cities that Degrade: Ken Loach on Social Ills - Aleksandra DJURASOVIC and Milan DJURASOVIC (Independent researchers)

Chapter 5. Cities as Ill bodies? Cure them with a commons oriented approach – Dario Henri HAUX (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)


Part II. Visualizing the forms of ill cities

Chapter 6. The City Armed to the Teeth: Bending the law in the Italian crime Movies tradition - Guglielmo SINISCALCHI (University of Bari – Italy)

Chapter 7. Ill Cities in their perfect ‘form’: a re-reading of Pier Paolo Pasolini - Daniele D’ALVIA (Birkbeck University of London, UK)

Chapter 8. The City as Ill Body: Visual Representations of Urban Landscapes in the Global South - John HURSH (Stockton Center for International Law, U.S. Naval War College, USA)

Chapter 9. Bodies, Monuments, and Spaces in Between: Encountering spatialities in a film by Jonathan Perel - Silvina ALONSO-GROSSO (Birkbeck, University of London / IJURR Fellow)

Law, Language and Communication , 176 pages.  £115.00

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