African American Culture and Legal Discourse

  • Editors
  • Lovalerie King
  • Richard Schur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Lovalerie King, Richard Schur
      Pages 1-10
  3. Rights and Sovereignty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. I. Bennett Capers
      Pages 13-22
    3. Karla F. C. Holloway
      Pages 23-38
    4. Rochelle Raineri Zuck
      Pages 39-56
    5. Matthew L. M. Fletcher
      Pages 57-73
    6. William Gleason
      Pages 75-91
  4. (Il)Legal Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Sharon M. Harris
      Pages 95-116
    3. D. Quentin Miller
      Pages 117-130
    4. Charlton Copeland
      Pages 131-158
    5. Rebecca Wanzo
      Pages 159-173
  5. Owning Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. K. J. Greene
      Pages 177-189
    3. Richard Schur
      Pages 191-207
    4. Lovalerie King
      Pages 233-237
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-257

About this book


This work examines the experiences of African Americans under the law and how African American culture has fostered a rich tradition of legal criticism. Moving between novels, music, and visual culture, the essays present race as a significant factor within legal discourse. Essays examine rights and sovereignty, violence and the law, and cultural ownership through the lens of African American culture. The volume argues that law must understand the effects of particular decisions and doctrines on African American life and culture and explores the ways in which African American cultural production has been largely centered on a critique of law.


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