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"Unlike other theorists, these people mean to change the world, not merely to 'ascertain how society organizes itself along racial lines and hierarchies, but to transform it for the better.' This book has served as my introduction to a field I wish I had started to cultivate and harvest much earlier."

Bloomsbury Review

For well over a decade, critical race theorythe school of thought that holds that race lies at the very nexus of American lifehas 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv

Foreword by Angela Harris xvii

I Introduction 1

A. What Is Critical Race Theory? 2

B. Early Origins 3

C. Relationship to Other Movements 4

D. Principal Figures 5

E. Spin-off Movements 6

F. Basic Tenets of Critical Race Theory 6

G. How Much Racism Is There in the World? 9

H. Organization of This Book 11

Questions and Comments for Chapter I 13

Suggested Readings 14

II Hallmark Critical Race Theory Themes 15

A. Interest Convergence, Material

Determinism, and Racial Realism 16

B. Revisionist History 20

C. Critique of Liberalism 21

D. Structural Determinism 25

1. Tools of Thought and the Dilemma of

Law Reform 26

2. The Empathic Fallacy 27

Classroom Exercise 29

3. Serving Two Masters 30

4. Race Remedies Law as a

Homeostatic Device 31

Questions and Comments for Chapter II 33

Suggested Readings 34

III Legal Storytelling and Narrative Analysis 37

A. Opening a Window onto Ignored or

Alternative Realities 39

B. Counterstorytelling 42

C. Cure for Silencing 43

D. Storytelling in Court 45

E. Storytelling on the Defensive 46

Questions and Comments for Chapter III 47

Suggested Readings 48

IV Looking Inward 51

A. Intersectionality 51

B. Essentialism and Anti-Essentialism 56

C. Nationalism versus Assimilation 59

Classroom Exercise 63

Questions and Comments for Chapter IV 64

Suggested Readings 65

V Power and the Shape of Knowledge 67

A. The Black-White Binary 67

B. Critical White Studies 74

Classroom Exercise 80

C. Other Developments: Latino and Asian

Critical Thought, Critical Race

Feminism, Queer-Crit Theory 81

Questions and Comments for Chapter V 84

Suggested Readings 85

VI Critiques and Responses to Criticism 87

Classroom Exercise 95

Questions and Comments for Chapter VI 97

Suggested Readings 98

VII Critical Race Theory Today 101

A. The 1990s 101

B. Capitalism on the Rampage 102

1. Unmasking Color Blindness 103

2. Race, Class, Welfare, and Poverty 107

3. Globalization 111

C. Power 113

D. Identity 120

Classroom Exercise 121

Questions and Comments for Chapter VII 123

Suggested Readings 125

VIII Conclusion 129

A. The Future 129

B. A Critical Race Agenda for the New Century 131

C. Likely Responses to Critical Race Theory 133

1. Critical Race Theory Becomes the

New Civil Rights Orthodoxy 133

2. Critical Race Theory Marginalized

and Ignored 134

3. Critical Race Theory Analyzed,but Rejected 134

4. Partial Incorporation 135

Classroom Exercise 135

Questions and Comments for Chapter VIII 137

Suggested Readings 138

Glossary of Terms 141

Index 157

About the Authors 167

Book News Annotation:

This small paperback introduces critical race theory to the undergraduate student (study questions conclude each chapter). The authors introduce the concept; cover the main themes of the theory—material determinism, revisionist interpretations of history, the critique of liberalism, and structural determinism; describe storytelling, counterstorytelling, and the narrative turn; and consider intersectionality and anti-essentialism. Delgado teaches law at the U. of Colorado in Boulder where Stefancic is a research associate in law and author.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a dramatic shift in the role of children in American society and families. No longer necessary for labor, children became economic liabilities and twentieth-century parents exhibited a new level of anxiety concerning the welfare of their children and their own ability to parent effectively. What caused this shift in the ways parenting and childhood were experienced and perceived? Why, at a time of relative ease and prosperity, do parents continue to grapple with uncertainty and with unreasonable expectations of both themselves and their children?

Peter N. Stearns explains this phenomenon by examining the new issues the twentieth century brought to bear on families. Surveying popular media, *#8220;expert” childrearing manuals, and newspapers and journals published throughout the century, Stearns shows how schooling, physical and emotional vulnerability, and the rise in influence of commercialism became primary concerns for parents. The result, Stearns shows, is that contemporary parents have come to believe that they are participating in a culture of neglect and diminishing standards. Anxious Parents: A Modern History of Childrearing in America shows the reasons for this belief through an historic examination of modern parenting.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Richard Delgado is Jean Lindsley Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law, and the author of several award-winning books including The Rodrigo Chronicles, 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:
9780814719312
Subtitle:
An Introduction
Foreword:
Harris, Angela
Author:
Stearns, Peter
Author:
Delgado, Richard
Author:
Harris, Angela
Author:
Stefancic, Jean
Publisher:
NYU Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Study & Teaching
Subject:
Legal Education
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Race discrimination
Subject:
Critical legal studies
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Subject:
UNITED STATES_RACE RELATIONS
Subject:
CONSTITUTIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW_USA
Subject:
ETHNIC STUDIES_USA
Subject:
Race discrimination -- Law and legislation.
Subject:
United States Race relations Philosophy.
Subject:
Law | Constitutional Law
Subject:
United States - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Critical America Ser.
Series Volume:
199
Publication Date:
20010401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
188
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Law » Constitutional Law
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Law » Schools and Careers
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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"Synopsis" by , The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a dramatic shift in the role of children in American society and families. No longer necessary for labor, children became economic liabilities and twentieth-century parents exhibited a new level of anxiety concerning the welfare of their children and their own ability to parent effectively. What caused this shift in the ways parenting and childhood were experienced and perceived? Why, at a time of relative ease and prosperity, do parents continue to grapple with uncertainty and with unreasonable expectations of both themselves and their children?

Peter N. Stearns explains this phenomenon by examining the new issues the twentieth century brought to bear on families. Surveying popular media, *#8220;expert” childrearing manuals, and newspapers and journals published throughout the century, Stearns shows how schooling, physical and emotional vulnerability, and the rise in influence of commercialism became primary concerns for parents. The result, Stearns shows, is that contemporary parents have come to believe that they are participating in a culture of neglect and diminishing standards. Anxious Parents: A Modern History of Childrearing in America shows the reasons for this belief through an historic examination of modern parenting.

"Synopsis" by , 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.

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