Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

by Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic
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Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814719312
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Series: Critical America Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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-yet
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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