Critical Autopoiesis: The Environment of the Law
LAW'S ENVIRONMENT: CRITICAL LEGAL PERSPECTIVES, Bald de Vries, Lyana Francot, eds., Eleven International Publishing, The Hague, Netherlands, 2011
19 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 5, 2011
Law and Environment enter a connection of disrupted continuum. The recent 'turns' in law towards materiality, spatiality, corporeality, disconnect the usual distance between law and its environment and enhance the visibility of materiality continuum between the two. Law is no longer abstract but spatially emplaced, corporeally felt, materially present. The environment, be it in the form of human/non-human bodies, technology, weather phenomena, and the wider, open ecology of material presence, destabilises the system, rendering it more precarious and more distant from its usual self-description.
Building on Luhmann's theory of autopoiesis, I present my reading of what I call Critical Autopoiesis, namely the autopoietics of materiality, spatiality and corporeality as they emerge from contemporary legal theory. I am employing Deleuze and Guattari in connection to Luhmann in order to multiply and indeed fractally explode the Luhmannian boundaries between law and its environment.
Keywords: Critical Autopoiesis, Space, Body, Law, Environment, Materiality, Deleuze, Luhmann
JEL Classification: K40, K49, Z00
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