Critical Race Theory: An Introduction / Edition 2

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In 2001, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic published their definitive Critical Race Theory, a compact introduction to the field that explained, in straightforward language,
the origins, principal themes, leading voices, and new directions of this important movement in legal thought. Since then, critical race theory has gone on to influence numerous other fields of scholarship, and the Delgado and Stefancic primer has remained an indispensible guide for students and teachers.

Delgado and Stefancic have revised the book to include material on key issues such as colorblind jurisprudence, Latino-Critical scholarship, immigration, and the rollback of affirmative action. This second edition introduces readers to important new voices in fields outside of law, including education and psychology, and offers greatly expanded issues for discussion, updated reading lists, and an extensive glossary of terms.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, prolific contributors to and tireless propagators of the Critical Race Theory gospel, here combine their understandings in a marvelously readable overview of this pathbreaking and controversial field of legal thought that will enlighten newcomers while offering new perspectives for critics as well as adherents.”-Derrick Bell,author of Faces at the Bottom of the Well
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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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: 145,481
  • 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

A. What Is Critical Race Theory?
B. Early Origins
C. Relationship to Previous Movements
D. Principal Figures
E. Spin-off Movements
F. Basic Tenets of Critical Race Theory
G. How Much Racism Is There in the World?
H. Organization of This Book
A. Interest Convergence, Material Determinism, and Racial Realism
B. Revisionist History
C. Critique of Liberalism
D. Structural Determinism
A. Opening a Window onto Ignored or Alternative Realities
B. Counterstorytelling
C. Cure for Silencing
D. Storytelling in Court
E. Storytelling on the Defensive
A. Intersectionality
B. Essentialism and Antiessentialism
C. Nationalism versus Assimilation
A. The Black-White Binary
B. Critical White Studies
C. Other Developments: Latino and Asian
A. Right-Wing Offensive
B. Postracialism and a Politics of Triangulation
C. Power
D. Identity
A. The Future
B. A Critical Race Agenda for the New Century
C. Likely Responses to the Critical Race
Theory Movement
Glossary of Terms
About the Authors
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