The Sociospatial Mechanics of Domination: Transcending the ‘Exclusion/Inclusion’ Dualism

Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2010

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 49/2010

14 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2010

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Leonidas K. Cheliotis

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration

Date Written: April 20, 2010

Abstract

This article takes issue with Zygmunt Bauman's thesis that physical exclusion depends on the hindrance of cognitive associations, emotional quandaries, and moral inhibitions, hence victims and their lot remain out of sight. It is counterargued that conscious engagement in directly physical forms of exclusionary behaviour is possible insofar as victims are known in ways that provoke emotional disdain and moralise violence. Such knowledge consists in the relegation of others to the status of morally lesser human beings, and is produced via prior symbolic mediations. To the extent that mediations operate according to the power differentials they both reflect and help to sustain, there is a need to shift analytical attention from exclusion to the 'meta-category' of domination.

Keywords: Exclusion, Inclusion, Domination, Space, Visibility, Mediation

Suggested Citation

Cheliotis, Leonidas K., The Sociospatial Mechanics of Domination: Transcending the ‘Exclusion/Inclusion’ Dualism (April 20, 2010). Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2010, Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 49/2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1593250

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