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Americans Without Law: The Racial Boundaries of Citizenship by Mark S. Weiner

By Mark S. Weiner

American citizens with no legislation exhibits how the racial limitations of civic existence are according to common perceptions concerning the relative means of minority teams for criminal habit, which Mark S. Weiner calls “juridical racialism.” The ebook follows the background of this civic discourse by way of analyzing the felony prestige of 4 minority teams in 4 successive old sessions: American Indians within the Eighteen Eighties, Filipinos after the Spanish-American conflict, jap immigrants within the Twenties, and African american citizens within the Forties and 1950s.Weiner finds the importance of juridical racialism for every team and, in flip, american citizens as an entire by way of analyzing the paintings of anthropological social scientists who built particular methods of realizing racial and felony identification, and during judgements of the U.S. excellent court docket that placed those ethno-legal perspectives into perform. Combining historical past, anthropology, and felony research, the ebook argues that the tale of juridical racialism exhibits how race and citizenship served as a nexus for the professionalization of the social sciences, the expansion of nationwide country energy, monetary modernization, and smooth practices of the self.

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Writing to Senator Henry M. ”66 Powell’s developmentalist juridical-racial vision may have differed in some aspects, largely temporal, from the more extreme assimilationists of his time, but its implications were fundamentally similar. 67 The goal of the Dawes Act, consistent with Powell’s juridicalracial principles, was to abolish Indian tribal property and impose civilized notions of land upon savage peoples. Specifically, the Act authorized Laws of Development, Laws of Land | 37 Congress to divide tribal reserves into one-hundred-sixty-acre plots and allot them to individual owners, granting title in fee simple absolute after a twenty-five-year trust period (the remaining land was to be sold in a checkerboard pattern to white settlers, whose presence among the Indians was to serve as a further civilizing influence).

65 While Powell’s advocacy of assimilationist policies often was tempered by caution, by an admonition not to move too quickly to make a yeoman farmer from the Indian savage, such sentiments should not obscure his ultimate commitments. Writing to Senator Henry M. ”66 Powell’s developmentalist juridical-racial vision may have differed in some aspects, largely temporal, from the more extreme assimilationists of his time, but its implications were fundamentally similar. 67 The goal of the Dawes Act, consistent with Powell’s juridicalracial principles, was to abolish Indian tribal property and impose civilized notions of land upon savage peoples.

For if one could use the methods of developmentalist ethnology to chart the course of evolutionary social change, then one could create a map of human historical laws just as one could create a diagram of the laws of the physical world. And with this map, one could formulate legislation with a precise view as to its ultimate effects, thereby creating a more efficient and ordered society. For instance, if one knew just how Indian peoples were different from their civilized, white neighbors, in just what ways their legal and property regimes represented earlier stages of social evolution, then one would better know how to alter those societies through the wise and informed use of state power.

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