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dc.contributor.authorKusiak, Joannaen
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-02T12:02:27Z
dc.date.available2020-01-02T12:02:27Z
dc.date.issued2019-07-01en
dc.identifier.issn0309-1317
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/300276
dc.description.abstract© 2019 Urban Research Publications Limited Among the ‘extra-economic means’ that facilitate primitive accumulation, or accumulation by dispossession, the law plays a prominent role. But works on neoliberal urban restructuring rarely engage with concrete legal technologies. Analysing judicial property restitution (‘reprivatization’) in Warsaw, this article grasps the machine of accumulation by dispossession at a moment of faltering and exposes the distinctive legal technologies behind its troubleshooting. It makes three contributions to critical urban studies. First, it demonstrates how judicial systems can steal political conflicts that obstruct the cycle of accumulation by dispossession. It thus introduces the notion of ‘judicial robbery’, a non-legislated expropriation of common property through judicial engineering that simultaneously deprives the public of political agency. Second, it shows that seemingly neutral legal technicalities, usually sheltered from political debate, can become a key locus of urban politics. Third, it examines the agency, scope and spatial patterns of ‘dispossession by restitution’, the term I use for a locally specific form of accumulation by dispossession in Warsaw. Lastly, I raise the question of political struggle against primitive accumulation. Is the judicial robbery reversible? If we can reclaim property, can we also reclaim political conflicts that have been stolen by the law?.
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dc.titleLegal Technologies of Primitive Accumulation: Judicial Robbery and Dispossession-by-Restitution in Warsawen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage665
prism.issueIdentifier4en
prism.publicationDate2019en
prism.publicationNameInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Researchen
prism.startingPage649
prism.volume43en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.47351
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-06-01en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1111/1468-2427.12827en
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-07-01en
dc.contributor.orcidKusiak, Joanna [0000-0001-8964-6833]
dc.identifier.eissn1468-2427
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2020-07-01


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