Blue Legalities: Governing More-than-Human Oceans – An Introduction
Elizabeth R. Johnson and Irus Braverman. 2020. “Blue Legalities: Governing More-than-Human Oceans – An Introduction.” In Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R. Johnson (eds.). Blue Legalities: The Life and Laws of the Sea. Duke University Press (January 2020, Forthcoming).
33 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2019
Date Written: October 15, 2019
The ocean and its inhabitants sketch and stretch our understandings of law in unexpected ways. Inspired by the blue turn in the social sciences and humanities, Blue Legalities explores how regulatory frameworks and governmental infrastructures are made, reworked, and contested in the oceans. Its interdisciplinary contributors analyze topics that range from militarization and Maori cosmologies to island building in the South China Sea and underwater robotics. Throughout, Blue Legalities illuminates the vast and unusual challenges associated with regulating the turbulent materialities and lives of the sea. Offering much more than an analysis of legal frameworks, the chapters in this volume show how the more-than-human ocean is central to the construction of terrestrial institutions and modes of governance. By thinking with the more-than-human ocean, Blue Legalities questions what we think we know—and what we don’t know—about oceans, our earthly planet, and ourselves.
Note: Volume contributors: Stacy Alaimo, Amy Braun, Irus Braverman, Holly Jean Buck, Jennifer L. Gaynor, Stefan Helmreich, Elizabeth R. Johnson, Stephanie Jones, Zsofia Korosy, Berit Kristoffersen, Jessica Lehman, Astrida Neimanis, Susan Reid, Alison Rieser, Katherine G. Sammler, Astrid Schrader, Kristen L. Shake, Phil Steinberg
Keywords: blue legalities, marine law, UNCLOS, governing oceans, turbulent materialities, more-than-human legalities
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