The Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act and Competing National Imaginaries of the USA

  title={The Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act and Competing National Imaginaries of the USA},
  author={John Rennie Short},
  journal={Territory, Politics, Governance},
  pages={108 - 94}
  • John Rennie Short
  • Published 2 January 2014
  • Law, Sociology
  • Territory, Politics, Governance
Abstract In 2013, the US Supreme Court overturned key elements of the Voting Rights Act relating to the racial geography of the USA and relations between federal and state government. The historical background to the Act and its role in changing the political geography of voting are explored. A detailed analysis of the ruling, Shelby v. Holder, reveals competing national imaginaries. The Court's majority view saw a cohesive nation where past assumptions of the racist geographies of the USA… 

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