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Sanctuary: African Americans and Empire

Nicole A. Waligora-Davis


This book examines the anomalous legal status of black Americans and its influence on the formation of American citizenship, the relationship of U.S. to other states, and the government’s conceptualization of its imperial reach and power. The coordinated relationship between U.S. international and domestic interventions helped produce an alienated black American community whose status resembles refugees and stateless persons. This book underscores the substantive legal, social, and political consequences of the state’s persistent misrepresentation of black citizens as aliens and r ... More

Keywords: sanctuary, refugee, citizenship, foreign in a domestic sense, American legal culture, racialization of injury, racial representation, legal personality, politics of recognition, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369915.001.0001


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Nicole A. Waligora-Davis, author
Rice University
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