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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 of Critical Racial Theory 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. Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic are Professors of Law at Seattle University and have 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.
Table of Contents
|Preface to the Second Edition||p. xxi|
|What Is Critical Race Theory?||p. 3|
|Early Origins||p. 4|
|Relationship to Previous Movements||p. 4|
|Principal Figures||p. 5|
|Spin-off Movements||p. 6|
|Basic Tenets of Critical Race Theory||p. 7|
|How Much Racism Is There in the World?||p. 10|
|Organization of This Book||p. 12|
|Questions and Comments for Chapter I||p. 15|
|Suggested Readings||p. 16|
|Hallmark Critical Race Theory Themes||p. 19|
|Interest Convergence, Material Determinism, and Racial Realism||p. 20|
|Revisionist History||p. 24|
|Critique of Liberalism||p. 26|
|Structural Determinism||p. 30|
|Tools of Thought and the Dilemma of Law Reform||p. 31|
|The Empathic Fallacy||p. 32|
|Classroom Exercise||p. 35|
|Serving Two Masters||p. 35|
|Classroom Exercise||p. 36|
|Race Remedies Law as a Homeostatic Device||p. 37|
|Questions and Comments for Chapter II||p. 39|
|Suggested Readings||p. 41|
|Legal Storytelling and Narrative Analysis||p. 43|
|Opening a Window onto Ignored or Alternative Realities||p. 45|
|Cure for Silencing||p. 49|
|Storytelling in Court||p. 51|
|Storytelling on the Defensive||p. 52|
|Questions and Comments for Chapter III||p. 53|
|Suggested Readings||p. 55|
|Looking Inward||p. 57|
|Essentialism and Antiessentialism||p. 62|
|Nationalism versus Assimilation||p. 65|
|Classroom Exercise||p. 69|
|Questions and Comments for Chapter IV||p. 70|
|Suggested Readings||p. 72|
|Power and the Shape of Knowledge||p. 75|
|The Black-White Binary||p. 75|
|Critical White Studies||p. 83|
|Classroom Exercise||p. 90|
|Other Developments: Latino and Asian Critical Thought, Critical Race Feminism, Queer-Crit Theory||p. 90|
|Questions and Comments for Chapter V||p. 95|
|Suggested Readings||p. 97|
|Critiques and Responses to Criticism||p. 99|
|Classroom Exercise||p. 108|
|Questions and Comments for Chapter VI||p. 109|
|Suggested Readings||p. 111|
|Critical Race Theory Today||p. 113|
|Right-Wing Offensive||p. 114|
|Postracialism and a Politics of Triangulation||p. 114|
|Unmasking Color Blindness||p. 115|
|Race, Class, Welfare, and Poverty||p. 120|
|Classroom Exercise||p. 137|
|Questions and Comments for Chapter VII||p. 138|
|Suggested Readings||p. 141|
|The Future||p. 143|
|A Critical Race Agenda for the New Century||p. 145|
|Likely Responses to the Critical Race Theory Movement||p. 147|
|Critical Race Theory Becomes the New Civil Rights Orthodoxy||p. 148|
|Critical Race Theory Marginalized and Ignored||p. 148|
|Critical Race Theory Analyzed, but Rejected||p. 149|
|Partial Incorporation||p. 149|
|Classroom Exercise||p. 150|
|Questions and Comments for Chapter VIII||p. 152|
|Suggested Readings||p. 153|
|Glossary of Terms||p. 155|
|About the Authors||p. 185|
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