Blue Legalities

The Life and Laws of the Sea

Blue Legalities
Book Pages: 368 Illustrations: 34 illustrations Published: January 2020

Cultural Studies > Ocean Studies, Geography, Law > Legal Theory

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 Chinese 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 matter of the sea and life of marine organisms are 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.  

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 Shake, Phil Steinberg



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Irus Braverman is Professor of Law at the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York, and author of Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink.

Elizabeth R. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Human Geography at Durham University.

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Paper: 978-1-4780-0654-1 / Cloth: 978-1-4780-0592-6