This book uncovers a logical fallacy underlying Afro-Pessimism and 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 its 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.

chapter 0|6 pages



chapter 1|34 pages

The logic of articulation

The system (N, 0)

chapter 2|16 pages

Logic of representation

chapter 3|19 pages

Formal theory of articulation

chapter 4|12 pages

Subjectivity and identity

chapter 5|35 pages

Black-ness and Black identity

chapter 6|26 pages

Pessimism and overdetermination

chapter |12 pages