Otherworldly Properties

Alan Cunningham

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Despite the many differing perspectives possible regarding the concept of a property
right, one central aspect is, arguably, the primal exclusionary impulse and its special
connection to a particular form of subjectivity, especially in terms of how people feel
about space, enclosed space and any subsequent property rules applicable. Such
aspects limit speculative thought concerning the enactment of challenging housing
reforms. This article therefore asks: Why is exclusion so relevant to spatial ethics, and
is it only a particular form of subjectivity that is involved in the phenomena of
exclusionary impulses? As a response, new speculative thoughts are proposed that
aim at challenging such specialised subjectivity, exclusionary impulses and spatial
engagement: re-sanctification of enclosed space, de-objectification of being and a call
to develop new or alternative subjectivities and modes of somatic thought.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLaw and Critique
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2024


  • Law
  • Property
  • Housing
  • Space
  • Rights
  • Theory


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