Critical Race Theory

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-09
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr
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Author Biography

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

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Preface to the Second Editionp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
What Is Critical Race Theory?p. 3
Early Originsp. 4
Relationship to Previous Movementsp. 4
Principal Figuresp. 5
Spin-off Movementsp. 6
Basic Tenets of Critical Race Theoryp. 7
How Much Racism Is There in the World?p. 10
Organization of This Bookp. 12
Questions and Comments for Chapter Ip. 15
Suggested Readingsp. 16
Hallmark Critical Race Theory Themesp. 19
Interest Convergence, Material Determinism, and Racial Realismp. 20
Revisionist Historyp. 24
Critique of Liberalismp. 26
Structural Determinismp. 30
Tools of Thought and the Dilemma of Law Reformp. 31
The Empathic Fallacyp. 32
Classroom Exercisep. 35
Serving Two Mastersp. 35
Classroom Exercisep. 36
Race Remedies Law as a Homeostatic Devicep. 37
Questions and Comments for Chapter IIp. 39
Suggested Readingsp. 41
Legal Storytelling and Narrative Analysisp. 43
Opening a Window onto Ignored or Alternative Realitiesp. 45
Counterstorytellingp. 48
Cure for Silencingp. 49
Storytelling in Courtp. 51
Storytelling on the Defensivep. 52
Questions and Comments for Chapter IIIp. 53
Suggested Readingsp. 55
Looking Inwardp. 57
Intersectionalityp. 57
Essentialism and Antiessentialismp. 62
Nationalism versus Assimilationp. 65
Classroom Exercisep. 69
Questions and Comments for Chapter IVp. 70
Suggested Readingsp. 72
Power and the Shape of Knowledgep. 75
The Black-White Binaryp. 75
Critical White Studiesp. 83
Classroom Exercisep. 90
Other Developments: Latino and Asian Critical Thought, Critical Race Feminism, Queer-Crit Theoryp. 90
Questions and Comments for Chapter Vp. 95
Suggested Readingsp. 97
Critiques and Responses to Criticismp. 99
Classroom Exercisep. 108
Questions and Comments for Chapter VIp. 109
Suggested Readingsp. 111
Critical Race Theory Todayp. 113
Right-Wing Offensivep. 114
Postracialism and a Politics of Triangulationp. 114
Unmasking Color Blindnessp. 115
Race, Class, Welfare, and Povertyp. 120
Globalizationp. 124
Powerp. 127
Identityp. 135
Classroom Exercisep. 137
Questions and Comments for Chapter VIIp. 138
Suggested Readingsp. 141
Conclusionp. 143
The Futurep. 143
A Critical Race Agenda for the New Centuryp. 145
Likely Responses to the Critical Race Theory Movementp. 147
Critical Race Theory Becomes the New Civil Rights Orthodoxyp. 148
Critical Race Theory Marginalized and Ignoredp. 148
Critical Race Theory Analyzed, but Rejectedp. 149
Partial Incorporationp. 149
Classroom Exercisep. 150
Questions and Comments for Chapter VIIIp. 152
Suggested Readingsp. 153
Glossary of Termsp. 155
Indexp. 175
About the Authorsp. 185
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