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SOSC 1375 Lecture Notes - Market Discipline, Disorderly House, Neoliberalism

Social Science
Course Code
SOSC 1375
Olena Kobzar

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Legal Geography: Policing Poverty through the Regulation of Public Space
What is the purpose of criminal law?
- set rules and how the society behave
Who does it apply to?
The Dangerous Poor:
Marcus Aurelius: “poverty is the mother of crime”
- old prejudice: the poor are a dangerous lot who will stoop to criminality if given the
Governance Question: How do you contain, control or neutralize the danger this class of people
- deny them to vote, deny them to participate in government issues
Law and ‘Equality’:
Anatole France: “The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep
under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread”
- a form of discrimination because the wealthy people wont do these things to begin with
Liberal Notion of Justice: we must all be treated equally before the law

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The Rule of Law: everyone to be treated equally under law
Distinction between the FORMAL side of the law (how the law reads) and it’s ACTUAL
Urban Space:
Laws regulating the use of space signify function of space + citizenship
- citizenship in the city – urban subjectivity (what is meant to be done in the space)c
defines who uses the space and whyd
each space is designated for certain people for certain uses
History of Vagrancy Law
- history of vagrancy law tells us volumes about the changing conception of urban citizenship
Dictionary Definition of Vagrant: someone who is both homeless and jobless and earns a living
by begging
1869: 1st domestic Vagrancy Act
- In 19th century british law vagrants were divided into 3 classes:
An idle or disorderly person (no home/job)A
A rogue and vagabond (A
Incorrigible rogue (someone that wont change)
- Exceptions: the derserving poor – the impotent poor, the lame and disabled, the sick,
disbanded soldiers, and university scholars
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