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Free the LandThe Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State$
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Edward Onaci

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469656144

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656144.001.0001

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New Afrikan Lifestyle Politics

New Afrikan Lifestyle Politics

Personal Histories of Political Struggle

(p.113) 4 New Afrikan Lifestyle Politics
Free the Land

Edward Onaci

University of North Carolina Press

Using interviews with Republic of New Afrika citizens and participant observation, this chapter seeks to understand New Afrikan lifestyle politics more deeply. Personal stories about the real and imagined RNA family, educational choices, and career paths as paper-citizens in an oppressive nation add more depth to the historical and sociological discussions about social movement activism. Because New Afrikans were members of organizations such as the Black Panther Party, because they experienced incarceration, and because they participated in all manners of activism, sometimes from their youth into adulthood, the people who have carried the NAIM into the twenty-first century provide unique opportunities to question and review the life course consequences of social movement activism.

Keywords:   Lifestyle politics, Activism, Black Panther Party, Republic of New Afrika, Life course consequences, Social movement, Citizenship

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