Outsiders Within

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Through interviews with prominent legal academics, Outsiders Within presents the trials and accomplishments of black women law professors who began to enter the legal academy in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Editorial Reviews

Stephanie Y. Evans
Outsiders Within contributes a disciplinary perspective to growing discussions about Black women academics’ intellectual history. The accounts of professional trials and the public tribulations of law professors enriches our understanding of the experiences and perspectives of Black women who came after law student pioneers like Sadie T. M. Alexander, Constance Baker Motley, and Ada Sipuel. Watson points to invaluable resources to challenge the race and gender status quo in the legal academy.
Quintard Taylor
Elwood Watson has written a pioneering study on a topic that has been largely ignored. This book is a valuable addition to the fields of history, legal studies, and cultural and gender studies.
Dwayne Mack
Elwood Watson's Outsiders Within is a remarkable, inspiring, moving, and solid study that chronicles the professional careers of brilliant black women in a white dominated legal academy. In revealing and provocative interviews, the author captures the mistreatment, isolation, and marginalization these phenomenal legal minds experienced in their profession. Watson also discusses how they and other courageous professional black women persevered through public and media scrutiny. This empowering monograph is a must-read for those in search of more insight into issues of diversity and affirmative action as it relates to African American women in the legal profession.
Robin R. Means Coleman
Outsiders Within relies upon some of our finest legal intellectuals—Anita Hill, Lani Guinier, Kimberle Crenshaw—to shed light on the realities of being a Black woman while rising through the ranks of the law professoriate. Dr. Watson taps key insights regarding issues of affirmative action, harassment, credibility in the classroom, and the importance of developing a support system. This book illustrates the remarkable journeys that professional Black women often encounter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742540743
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,074,815
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Elwood Watson is professor of history and African American studies at East Tennessee State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 In the Media Spotlight: Anita Hill and Lani Guinier 13

Ch. 2 A Hostile and Unsupportive Environment 49

Ch. 3 Dealing with the Multiple Isms: Racism, Sexism, Elitism 71

Ch. 4 Affirmative Action: Combating Assumptions 93

Ch. 5 Interacting with Students: That Delicate Balance 109

Ch. 6 Derrick Bell, Harvard Law School, and the Emergence of Black Feminist Jurisprudence 123

Ch. 7 Empowerment Within 137

Index 149

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