Critical Race Theory: An Introduction / Edition 2

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For well over a decade, critical race theory-the school of thought that holds that race lies at the very nexus of American life-has roiled the legal academy. In recent years, however, the fundamental principles of the movement have influenced other academic disciplines, from sociology and politics to ethnic studies and history.
And yet, while the critical race theory movement has spawned dozens of conferences and numerous books, no concise, accessible volume outlines its basic parameters and tenets. Here, then, from two of the founders of the movement, is the first primer on one of the most influential intellectual movements in American law and politics.

Author Biography: Richard Delgado is professor of law at the University of Colorado, Boulder and author of The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader, The Coming Race War, and Must We Defend Nazis? (also available from NYU Press). Jean Stefancic is research associate in law at the University of Colorado, Boulder and author of No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda.

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Editorial Reviews

This small paperback introduces critical race theory to the undergraduate student (study questions conclude each chapter). The authors introduce the concept; cover the main themes of the theory<-->material determinism, revisionist interpretations of history, the critique of liberalism, and structural determinism; describe storytelling, counterstorytelling, and the narrative turn; and consider intersectionality and anti-essentialism. Delgado teaches law at the U. of Colorado in Boulder where Stefancic is a research associate in law and author. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"Prolific contributors to the field, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic here combine their understandings in a marvelously readable overview of this pathbreaking and controversial area of legal thought. Critical Race Theory will enlighten newcomers while offering new perspectives for critics as well as adherents."

-Derrick Bell,author of Faces at the Bottom of the Well

"Unlike other theorists, these people mean to change the world, not merely to 'ascertain how society organizes itself along racial lines and hierarchies, but to transform it for the better.' This book has served as my introduction to a field I wish I had started to cultivate and harvest much earlier."

-Bloomsbury Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814721353
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/2012
  • Series: Critical America Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 207
  • Sales rank: 194,174
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Delgado is Professor of Law at Seattle University and has collaborated on four previous books, including The Latino Condition, 2d edition (NYU Press, 2010), The Derrick Bell Reader (NYU Press, 2005), How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds, and Understanding Words That Wound.

Jean Stefancic is Research Professor of Law at Seattle University and is the author of many articles and books on civil rights, law reform, social change, including No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America’s Social Agenda.

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Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
II Hallmark Critical Race Theory Themes 15
III Legal Storytelling and Narrative Analysis 37
IV Looking Inward 51
V Power and the Shape of Knowledge 67
VI Critiques and Responses to Criticism 87
VII Critical Race Theory Today 101
VIII Conclusion 129
Glossary of Terms 141
Index 157
About the Authors 167
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