Two Conceptions of Black Nationalism

  title={Two Conceptions of Black Nationalism},
  author={T. Shelby},
  journal={Political Theory},
  pages={664 - 692}
  • T. Shelby
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Political Theory
  • The essay provides both an interpretation and a theoretical reconstruction of the political philosophy of Martin Delany, a mid-nineteenth-century radical abolitionist and one of the founders of the doctrine of black nationalism. It identifies two competing strands in Delany's social thought, “classical” nationalism and “pragmatic” nationalism, where each underwrites a different conception of the analytical and normative underpinnings of black political solidarity. It is argued that the… CONTINUE READING
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