The Derrick Bell Reader

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Overview

Lawyer, activist, teacher, writer: for over 40 years, Derrick Bell has provoked his critics and challenged his readers with uncompromising candor and progressive views on race and class in America. A founder of Critical Race Theory and pioneer of the use of allegorical stories as tools of analysis, Bell's groundbreaking work shatters conventional legal orthodoxies and turns comfortable majoritarian myths inside out.

Edited and with an extensive introduction by leading critical race theorists Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, The Derrick Bell Reader reflects the tremendous breadth of issues that Bell has grappled with over his phenomenal career, including affirmative action, black nationalism, legal education and ethics. Together, the selections offer the most complete collection of Derrick Bell's writing available today.

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“A growing number of scholars have helped us understand the law’s impact on both the major events and the minutia of our daily lives. It's safe to say, however, that few do so with the provocative verve and vigor of Derrick Bell. This volume is a must read for long-time followers of Derrick Bell’s work as well as casual readers looking for material that is both intellectually stimulating and entertaining.”
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,co-author of The Future of the Race

“Finally, the essence of Derrick Bell as a scholar, teacher, and activist is captured in the Derrick Bell Reader. Bell’s remarkable career, as a civil rights attorney, scholar on race and justice, and activist promoting the rights of all citizens, is fully addressed. It is a great read.”
-Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.,author of All Deliberate Speed

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814719695
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Critical America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 493
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (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


Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue:
The Chronicle of the Constitutional Contradiction
Chapter 1: Economic Determinism and Interest Convergence
Chapter 2: Racial Realism
Chapter 3: Ethics of Lawyering
Chapter 4: Revisionist History
Chapter 5: Sexuality and Romance
Chapter 6: Politics of the Academy
Chapter 7: Nationalism, Separatism, and Self-Help
Chapter 8: Price of Racial Remedies
Chapter 9: Pedagogy
Chapter 10: Racial Standing
Chapter 11: Racism as Meanness
Chapter 12: Popular Democracy
Chapter 13: Race and Class
Chapter 14: Survival Strategies
Chapter 15: Critiques
Bibliography
Index
About the Editors
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