Corporate personhood

Inhabitants, Hobby Lobby v The Allegory of Justice (Nov 2016).

The Hobby Lobby case is rarely foregrounded in discussions of corporate personhood, and it was great to come across this today (via NA, thank you).

I wish I’d seen it earlier so I could refer to it. A snippet from my “Assemblages of Providential Grace” chapter, much of which hinges on the Burwell v Hobby Lobby Inc ruling. (The chapter is in Sharif Youssef and Jody Greene, eds. Corporate Personhood, forthcoming.)

From the sixteenth-century sovereign charter to the contemporary ‘closely-held’ corporation (or ‘family company’), the corporation has extended, encoded and modified the managerial demeanor otherwise attributed to the master of the household estate. […]

[…] cases such as Burwell v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., in which corporate personhood recalled the plantation household’s “compelling interest” in the sexual lives of its slaves and, along with the passage of fetal personhood cases, the view that abortion is “a crime against their master’s property.”


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