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Black Thought
A Theory of Articulation



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ISBN 9780367694135
February 18, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This book uncovers a logical fallacy underlying Afro-Pessimism, and instead provides a formal theory of Articulation, teasing out new reflections on race and Blackness.

Afro-Pessimism maintains that Blacks, subject to a subordinate position in society, suffer a cultural death. In this monograph, Victor Peterson rejects this theory, demonstrating that Black subjectivity is inherently multiple, articulating identities appropriate to the contexts in which it finds itself and yet remaining continuous across these individual but not mutually exclusive instantiations. Peterson argues that we should consider the mechanisms that produce the conditions under which individuals obtain positions of either dominance or subordination. By providing a working logical foundation for Articulation theory within cultural studies, Peterson encourages us to rethink the politics of racial identity and subjectivity in contemporary social life.

Encouraging critical thought about the arbitrarily determined but instrumentally objective of our global racial order, this book will be of great interest to scholars of Black Studies, sociology, cultural studies and philosophy.

Table of Contents

0. SUBJECTIVITY: SUBJECT OF/SUBJECT TO.

 

  1. THE LOGIC OF ARTICULATION: THE SYSTEM (N,0)
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  3. LOGIC OF REPRESENTATION
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  5. FORMAL THEORY OF ARTICULATION
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  7. SUBJECTIVITY AND IDENTITY
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  9. BLACK-NESS AND BLACK IDENTITY
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  11. PESSIMISM AND OVERDETERMINATION

EPILOGUE

 

REFERENCES

PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

INDEX

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Biography

Victor Peterson II, hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received his PhD from Kings College, London. He currently teaches in New York City.