Laws are experienced, and produced, with and through bodies. By this, I mean the prohibitions, permissions, rights, and duties often understood as shaping the topology of a social community, amount to more than a system of rules incorporated in mental schema. Laws exist in dialectical relation with agents who construct, rely upon, and find meaning in law, and that dialectical relation is a consequence of both the representations agents impose upon social order and the material conditions of their environment that inform or otherwise give shape to their social practices. That environment, in which the legal actor is emplaced, includes both physical and social phenomena in actual space and the corporeality of the body.
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