The Racial Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement

Jeffrey Manza, Christopher Uggen, Angela Behrens

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    Abstract

    This chapter develops a broad historical overview, subjecting race-based theories about the adoption and development of felon disenfranchisement laws to scrutiny. It develops a systematic quantitative analysis that uses detailed information on the social and political makeup of individual states over a long historical period to examine how various factors affect the adoption and extension of state disenfranchisement laws. Why is race a logical culprit in the search to explain the development of felon disenfranchisement laws? In recent years, there has been an explosion of scholarship by social scientists and historians fingering race, and racial politics, as principal sources of the peculiar development of American political and legal culture. This scholarship includes three distinct types of argument: firstly, arguments about the interaction between race and the development of U.S. political institutions; secondly, arguments focusing on the impact of racial attitudes and racism; and thirdly, arguments that stress the nexus between race (and class) in the political economy of the American South.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationLocked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199943975
    ISBN (Print)9780195149326
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 24 2012

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    Keywords

    • Felon disenfranchisement
    • Political institutions
    • Race
    • Racial politics
    • Racism
    • State disenfranchisement laws

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Manza, J., Uggen, C., & Behrens, A. (2012). The Racial Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement. In Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.003.0012

    The Racial Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement. / Manza, Jeffrey; Uggen, Christopher; Behrens, Angela.

    Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Manza, J, Uggen, C & Behrens, A 2012, The Racial Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement. in Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.003.0012
    Manza J, Uggen C, Behrens A. The Racial Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement. In Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.003.0012
    Manza, Jeffrey ; Uggen, Christopher ; Behrens, Angela. / The Racial Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement. Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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