Critical Race Theory (Third Edition): An Introduction

Critical Race Theory (Third Edition): An Introduction


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Critical Race Theory (Third Edition): An Introduction by Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic

Updated to include the Black Lives Matter movement, the presidency of Barack Obama, the rise of hate speech on the Internet, and more.

Since the publication of the first edition of Critical Race Theory in 2001, the United States has lived through two economic downturns, an outbreak of terrorism, and the onset of an epidemic of hate directed against immigrants, especially undocumented Latinos and Middle Eastern people. On a more hopeful note, the country elected and re-elected its first black president and has witnessed the impressive advance of gay rights.

As a field, critical race theory has taken note of all these developments, and this primer does so as well. It not only covers a range of emerging new topics and events, it also addresses the rise of a fierce wave of criticism from right-wing websites, think tanks, and foundations, some of which insist that America is now colorblind and has little use for racial analysis and study.

Critical Race Theory is essential for understanding developments in this burgeoning field, which has spread to other disciplines and countries. The new edition also covers the ways in which other societies and disciplines adapt its teachings and, for readers wanting to advance a progressive race agenda, includes new questions for discussion, aimed at outlining practical steps to achieve this objective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479802760
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Critical America Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 237,305
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Delgado is John J. Sparkman Chair of Law at the University of Alabama and one of the founders of critical race theory. His books include The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader (co-edited with Jean Stefancic; New York University Press) and The Rodrigo Chronicles (New York University Press).

Jean Stefancic is
Professor and Clement Research Affiliate at the University of Alabama School of
Law. Her books include No Mercy: How Conservative Think
Tanks and Foundations Changed America’s Social Agenda
and How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds.

Angela Harris is
Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law.

Table of Contents

Foreword Angela Harris xiii

Preface to the Third Edition xix

Acknowledgments xxiii

I Introduction 1

A What Is Critical Race Theory? 3

B Early Origins 4

C Relationship to Previous Movements 5

D Principal Figures 6

E Spin-Off Movements 7

F Basic Tenets of Critical Race Theory 8

G How Much Racism Is There in the World? 11

H Organization of This Book 13

Questions and Comments for Chapter I 16

Suggested Readings 17

II Hallmark Critical Race Theory Themes 19

A Interest Convergence, Material Determinism, and Racial Realism 20

B Revisionist History 25

C Critique of Liberalism 26

D Structural Determinism 31

1 Tools of Thought and the Dilemma of Law Reform 32

2 The Empathic Fallacy 33

Classroom Exercise 35

3 Serving Two Masters 36

Classroom Exercise 37

4 Race Remedies Law as a Homeostatic Device 38

Questions and Comments for Chapter II 40

Suggested Readings 42

III Legal Storytelling and Narrative Analysis 44

A Opening a Window onto Ignored or Alternative Realities 46

B Counterstorytelling 49

C Cure for Silencing 50

D Storytelling in Court 52

E Storytelling on the Defensive 53

Questions and Comments for Chapter III 55

Suggested Readings 57

IV Looking Inward 58

A Intersectionality 58

B Essentialism and Antiessentialism 63

C Nationalism versus Assimilation 66

Classroom Exercise 70

D Racial Mixture 71

Questions and Comments for Chapter IV 73

Suggested Readings 75

V Power and the Shape of Knowledge 77

A The Black-White Binary 77

B Critical White Studies 85

Classroom Exercise 92

C Other Developments: Latino and Asian Critical Thought, Critical Race Feminism, LGBT Theory 92

Questions and Comments for Chapter V 98

Suggested Readings 100

VI Critiques and Responses to Criticism 102

A "External" Criticism 102

B "Internal" Criticism 104

1 The Activist Critiques 105

2 Critique of the Intellectual Heart of the Movement 106

C Critical Race Theory as a Method of Inquiry in New Fields and Countries 108

Classroom Exercise 109

Questions and Comments for Chapter VI 110

Suggested Readings 112

VII Critical Race Theory Today 113

A Right-Wing Offensive 114

B Front-Burner Issues 114

1 Race, Class, Welfare, and Poverty 115

2 Policing and Criminal Justice 120

3 Hate Speech, Language Rights, and School Curricula 125

4 Affirmative Action and Color Blindness 130

5 Globalization and Immigration 135

6 Voting Rights 139

C Identity 140

Classroom Exercise 142

D Critical Empirical Analysis 142

Questions and Comments for Chapter VII 145

Suggested Readings 149

VIII Conclusion 152

A The Future 152

B A Critical Race Agenda for the New Century 154

C Likely Responses to the Critical Race Theory Movement 157

1 Critical Race Theory Becomes the New Civil Rights Orthodoxy 157

2 Critical Race Theory Marginalized and Ignored 158

3 Critical Race Theory Analyzed but Rejected 159

4 Partial Incorporation 159

Classroom Exercise 160

Questions and Comments for Chapter VIII 162

Suggested Readings 164

Glossary of Terms 167

Index 187

About the Authors 199

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