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Critical race theory : an introduction

Richard Delgado (Author), Jean Stefancic (Author), Angela P. Harris
"Since the publication of the first edition of [this book], 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."-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2017
Third edition View all formats and editions
New York University Press, New York, 2017
xxiii, 199 pages ; 21 cm.
9781479846368, 9781479802760, 1479846368, 147980276X
Foreword / Angela Harris
I. Introduction
What is critical race theory?
Early origins
Relationship to previous movements
Principal figures
Spin-off movements
Basic tenets of critical race theory
How much racism is there in the world?
Organization of this book
II. Hallmark critical race theory themes
Interest convergence, material determinism, and racial realism
Revisionist history
Critique of liberalism
Structural determinism
Tools of thought and the dilemma of law reform
The empathic fallacy
Serving two masters
Race remedies law as a homeostatic device
III. Legal storytelling and narrative analysis
Opening a window onto ignored or alternative realities
Cure for silencing
Storytelling in court
Storytelling on the defensive
IV. Looking inward
Essentialism and Antiessentialism
Nationalism versus assimilation
Racial mixture
V. Power and the shape of knowledge
The Black-White binary
Critical White studies
Other developments : Latino and Asian critical thought, critical race feminism, LGBT theory
VI. Critiques and responses to criticism
"External" criticism
"Internal" criticism
The activist critiques
Critique of the intellectual heart of the movement
Critical race theory as a method of inquiry in new fields and countries
VII.Critical race theory today
Right-wing offensive
Front-burner issues
Race, class, welfare, and poverty
Policing and criminal justice
Hate speech, language rights, and school curricula
Affirmative action and color blindness
Globalization and immigration
Voting rights
Critical empirical analysis
VIII. Conclusion
The future
A critical race agenda for the new century
Likely responses to the critical race theory movement
Critical race theory becomes the new civil rights orthodoxy
Critical race theory marginalized and ignored
Critical race theory analyzed but rejected
Partial incorporation