Friday, January 14, 2022

Munshi on Dispossession and the Property Law Tradition

Sherally Munshi, Georgetown University Law Center, has posted Dispossession: An American Property Law Tradition, which appears in the Georgetown Law Journal:

Universities and law schools have begun to purge the symbols of conquest and slavery from their crests and campuses, but they have yet to come to terms with their role in reproducing the material and ideological conditions of settler colonialism and racial capitalism. This Article considers the role the property law tradition has played in shaping and legitimizing regimes of racialized dispossession past and present. It intervenes in the traditional presentation of property law by arguing that dispossession describes an ongoing but disavowed function of property law. As a counter-narrative and critique of property, dispossession is a useful concept for challenging existing property arrangements, often rationalized within liberal and legal discourse.  
–Dan Ernst