This book uses film and television as a resource for addressing the social and legal ills of the city. It presents a range of approaches to view the ill city through cinematic and televisual characterization in urban frameworks, political contexts, and cultural settings. Each chapter deconstructs the meaning of urban space as public space while critically generating a focus on order and justice, exploring issues such as state disorder, lawlessness, and revenge. The approach presents a careful balance between theory and application. The original and novel ideas presented in this book will be essential reading for those interested in the presentation of law and place in cultural texts such as film.
About the Author
Le Cheng is a concurrent professor at the School of International Studies and Guanghua Law School, Zhejiang University. He now serves as Vice Dean of the School of International Studies, Dean of Institute of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Director of the Center for Legal Discourse and Translation, and Director of the Center for Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Legal Discourse, Editor of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, and Associate Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Semiotics and Visual Rhetorics. He has published widely in heritage law, legal discourse and translation, and semiotics.
Anne Wagner is Professor of Legal Semiotics and Research Professor at the Centre de Recherche Droits et Perspectives du Droit, équipe René Demogue, Lille University, France. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Series Editor of Law, Language and Communication and President of the International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law. She has been awarded the National Research Grant. Her main research interests include semiotics, verbal and non-verbal sign system analyses, language and law, legal culture and heritage, legal translation, legal terminology, and legal discourse studies.
Table of Contents
Editorial Chapter. Imagining Law, Justice and Order in Ill Cities – Anne WAGNER (Centre de Recherche Droits & Perspectives du Droit - EA n°4487, France) & Le CHENG (Zhejiang University, China)
Part I. Imagining Ill Cities, their treatments under various movie scenarios
Chapter 1. The Dark Side of Cleanliness and Order: Visual Renderings of Oppression in Dystopian Science Fiction Cinema - Raffaella BACCOLINI & Ira TORRESI (University of Bologna at Forli – Italy)
Chapter 2. ‘Wanna Fight’: Utopia-Dystopia in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Recent Cinema -
Mark FEATHERSTONE (Keele University, UK)
Chapter 3. The Dysfunctional Town and the Social Contract: Figures of Violence in the Liberal Legal Imaginary - Honni VAN RIJSWIJK (School Of law, UTS, Australia)
Chapter 4. Cities that Degrade: Ken Loach on Social Ills - Aleksandra DJURASOVIC and Milan DJURASOVIC (Independent researchers)
Chapter 5. Cities as Ill bodies? Cure them with a commons oriented approach – Dario Henri HAUX (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)
Part II. Visualizing the forms of ill cities
Chapter 6. The City Armed to the Teeth: Bending the law in the Italian crime Movies tradition - Guglielmo SINISCALCHI (University of Bari – Italy)
Chapter 7. Ill Cities in their perfect ‘form’: a re-reading of Pier Paolo Pasolini - Daniele D’ALVIA (Birkbeck University of London, UK)
Chapter 8. The City as Ill Body: Visual Representations of Urban Landscapes in the Global South - John HURSH (Stockton Center for International Law, U.S. Naval War College, USA)
Chapter 9. Bodies, Monuments, and Spaces in Between: Encountering spatialities in a film by Jonathan Perel - Silvina ALONSO-GROSSO (Birkbeck, University of London / IJURR Fellow)