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Spaces of abandonment : genealogies, lives and critical horizons.

Leshem, Noam (2017) 'Spaces of abandonment : genealogies, lives and critical horizons.', Environment and planning D : society and space., 35 (4). pp. 620-636.

Abstract

Abandonment has a long presence in Western cultural, philosophical and legal canon, though most contemporary critical debates focus on its sovereign and juridico-political functions. This article considers the concept of abandonment through its more nuanced and multidimensional appearances: at once a political technology and a material economy, a juridical category and a sphere of intimacy. Following the longer conceptual history of abandonment, from its Greco-Roman sources to the present, the article sheds light on abandonment as a systemic political technology, its evolution and significance in different social and political contexts. Drawing on notions of abandonment that remain outside Western intellectual corpus—primarily in early Jewish jurisprudence—this article seeks a more nuanced and expansive understanding of this concept. Closely reading a case documenting the fatal abandonment of one Palestinian man in 2008, the article highlights a myriad of agents, materialities, relations and infrastructures that join in the production and perpetuation of the abandoned present.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775816683189
Publisher statement:Leshem, Noam (2017) 'Spaces of abandonment : genealogies, lives and critical horizons.', Environment and planning D : society and space., 35 (4). pp. 620-636. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Date accepted:15 November 2016
Date deposited:15 November 2016
Date of first online publication:11 December 2016
Date first made open access:15 November 2016

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