African American Philosophy and the African Diaspora

Beyond Civil Disobedience

Social Nullification and Black Citizenship

Authors: Peterson, Charles F.

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  • Explores social contract theory and state governance through the lens of the African American experience
  • Asserts “social nullification” as a legitimate and constitutional response to the USA’s crisis of legitimacy
  • Includes include perspectives from social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, legal theory, sociology, critical race theory, and Africana Studies
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This book interrogates the nature and state of African American citizenship through the prism of Social Contract Theory. Challenging the United States’ commitment to African American citizenship, this book explores the idea of Social Nullification, the decision to reject, revoke and re-define the social contract with a state and society. Charles F. Peterson surveys the history of Social Contract Theory, examines Nullification as political and legal theory, argues public policy as a measure of the state’s commitment to the contractarian relationship and frames the writings and activism of Martin R. Delany, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and the African American Reparations Movement as examples of Social Nullification and challenges to the terms of Black life in America.

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Charles F. Peterson is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Oberlin College, USA. Dr. Peterson writes on Africana political theory and aesthetics, and is a co-editor of Sons of Lovers: An Anthology of Poetry by Black Men (2000) and  De-Colonizing the Academy (2003), and author of DuBois, Fanon and Cabral: The Margins of Anti-Colonial Leadership (2007). He lives in Oberlin, OH where he has served as a five-term City Councilperson.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beyond Civil Disobedience
Book Subtitle
Social Nullification and Black Citizenship
Authors
Series Title
African American Philosophy and the African Diaspora
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-77554-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-77554-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-77553-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 139
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