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The idea of home in law.

Fox O'Mahony, L (2005) 'The idea of home in law.' Home cultures., 2 (1). pp. 25-49. ISSN 1740-6315

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Abstract

The idea of ?home? is problematic for lawyers. Although the significance of home sometimes appears to be acknowledged in legal discourse, the proposition that home can encapsulate meanings beyond the physical stricture of the house or its capital value continues to present conceptual difficulties for lawyers. Starting from the reference to ?respect for home? in the European Convention on Human Rights, this article considers why courts are reluctant to give effect to any recognition of the non-financial values of home, with the result that the financial claims of secured creditors and landlords overwhelmingly prevail over the ?home? interests of occupiers. These issues are considered in the context of law?s preference for rationality and objectively definable, ?provable? interests. The article suggests, however, that the idea of home in law is not unworkable, but rather underdeveloped. A number of ad hoc examples are presented as evidence of law?s capacity to recognise ideas linked to home in order to further particular policy aims, so long as this does not run counter to the overarching goals of the system. Finally, the article evaluates avenues through which lawyers could engage productively with home theorists in other disciplines to develop a more coherent legal concept of home.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Concept of Home; Socio-legal.
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 22:43
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:08
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7282

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