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In Search of the Black FantasticPolitics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era$
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Richard Iton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178463.001.0001

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In Search of the Black Fantastic

Richard Iton

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As the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act were put into practice, legal equality was formally established among all American citizens. This, however, led to the black community contemplating how their politics should adapt to such crucial changes, the kind of relationships to be established, how religion could be integrated into their practices, and other such concerns. Politics refers not only to the creation of politics and politics itself, but also to the aspects which are seen as nonpolitical, prepolitical, and peripolitical because these are all based on the concept of a hierarchy that lives by a certain collection of norms or on the fusion of particular binaries. In other words, something “political” takes on a masculine character that displaces any confusion or discrimination around gender or sexuality.

Keywords:   Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act, legal equality, politics, black politics

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