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Lecture 11

SOC323-lecture 11

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University of Toronto Mississauga
Zachary Levinsky

SOC32-LAW AND SOCIETY LECTURE 11: 3/31/2014 Regulating Canada’s Sex Trade-Mariana Valverde -mariana valverde: everyday aspects of law, permit regulations, low-level pieces of law -this article: can you think of prostitution being regulated? -what is the point of law anyway? -prostitution wasn’t legal, but living off the avails of it was -prostitution if legalized will be highly regulated: and my limit the number of prostitutes -using municipal bylaws and geographies of rights Geographies of Rights -“troubling dimensions of municipal law and geographies of rights” -how about everyday traffic code? -Ellickson—right to not be impeded -rules of street behavior are not violations of freedom but foundations of it -Waldron—“one of the most callous and tyrannical exercises of power in human times” -imagine the govt saying this, everyone would be up in arms, but since it’s a traffic code, everyone agrees (sidewalk is hegemonic—it s use is not contested) -what are your thoughts on the use of rights here??? -how do you balance? -Tamil Protests outside of Queens Park -blocking Queens Park during rush hour: ppl don’t care about what they are saying (but they need to move elsewhere—they are blocking traffic) -yes they have the right to protest, but find a place that doesn’t impede in ppls way -AfroFest Permit denied: by a low-level city employeenon-compliant with its permit from last year -too many ppl, too many cars, music played past 11pm -now they wanted to move ppl out of this place -beggars as obstacles -begging is a form of expression -function of the space can trump freedom of expression -legislation not targeting particular ppl -sets out the terrain for arguments -“claims that rest on legal personhood seem to have little purchase in a legal world of activities, things and space” -in 19 century London, there was no traffic code, it is not necessary -we now accept it for what it is -law as constitutive of equality Blomley: Liberal Geography -highly individualizing treatment -encounter with beggar like a sandwich board -bc they stop you from going from point A. to point B -Two actors with competing interests -flattens social difference -may come from different economic backgrounds, but it doesn’t matter in this space -govern interrelations with mutual respect and tolerance (beggar shouldn’t ask you for money and vice versa) -They are both of equal worth and merit -but they cannot impede each other -mobility is given top priority -“to be free is to be mobile” -talks about smuggling rights back in -make human rights a risk to be managed Solutions (resistance?) -dyadic view is acontexual (person a and person b) -there are more than 2 parties involved -traffic code strips of context and meaning -interests are competing and radically asymmetrical -Challenge social flattening -how did objects and people get there? -redefine ‘aggressive solicitation’ or obstructions (like credit card companies calling) -contradictions: advertising campaigns, credit card companies -smuggling rights back inthat’s how you get them to care -can you redraw the traff
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