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Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  269 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by New York University Press (first published January 1st 1995)
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Katy Vance
Mar 18, 2011 Katy Vance rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rodrigo Bottura, librarians, educators, Americans
Recommended to Katy by: Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell
This could be a fairly quick read in the sense that it is just over 100 pages; however, it requires the reader (particularly the white reader) to stop and reflect on the meaning of the text, and its implications for the lives we lead and the communities in which we live. It's written in easily accesible language, which belies its intense subject matter.

It's a powerful and important text. Everyone should read it, preferably coupled with Dr. Beverly Tatum's "Why are all the Black kids sitting tog
Andrew Shaffer
The book is written with a legal audience in mind, geared towards filling a gap in legal education by providing background and examples of how critical race theory (CRT) came to be and what it has accomplished. It is a good introduction to CRT, although the language used was sometimes problematic, as the authors referred to Native Americans as “Indians” (a term which, aside from being inaccurate, can cause confusion concerning which ‘Indians’ are being discussed – misnamed Native Americans or In ...more
Andrew Gardner
Very straightforward and unapologetic. Many topics and theses within CRT are difficult to accept at first glance, but they aren't made easier to accept by dissembling or circumlocution. The authors are very straightforward in their presentation of the facts and the theoretical frameworks of CRT that try to explain those facts. There are undeniable truths here, hard though they may be to accept when they are first encountered.
There is actually a second edition of this book that updates it and critiques the "Post-racial" claims after the election of Barack Obama. This book changed just about everything about the way I think and I don't mean just about race. Combined with Paolo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, I can no longer think about "fairness" or "truth" or "justice" the same way. EVERYTHING must be criticized. By this I mean, critically thought about, debated, and put to sunshine because we have taken a lot fo ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in social justice, living justly, or caring for others
Shelves: anti-oppression
If you've ever gotten into a discussion (or argument) with someone who insisted that racism is not just individual hatred but is *still* embedded deeply in our culture and legal system, then you've been exposed to a basic tenet of critical race theory. Perhaps you want to understand their position better... or perhaps your experience resonates profoundly with the idea, and you want to explore it further.

Delgado and Stefancic have created here a remarkably accessible introduction to CRT, a body
Apr 07, 2013 Karen marked it as to-read
This book was banned in Arizona.
A good introduction to the principles of Critical Race Theory.

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, as the title suggests, is intended to be a primer. Critical Race Theory (CRT), “...considers many of the same issues that conventional civil rights and ethnic studies discourses take up, but places them in a broader perspective that includes economics, history, context, group- and self-interest, and even feelings and the unconscious.” (p.3).

Authors Delgado and Stefancic provide the basic founda
A solid beginner's primer on critical race theory, written very plainly. It simplifies arguments a great deal, stripping positions down to their bones and putting them into opposition. I imagine that gave some of the authors cited a twinge or two, but I think it's useful to move from such a level of simplicity to complexity and then occasionally back again. It's also nice sometimes to have clear crisp definitions like this one
The critical race theory (CRT) movement is a collection of activists a
Excellent introduction to CRT. I think is some had never heard the term CRT and isn't familiar with terms like intersectionality or social construction, they might find it confusing. There's a great glossary in the back that helps. The language is very academic/legalese and some of the concepts were explained in such a way that I was having to call someone who has studied CRT before to request clarification. But overall I learned a lot.
Christopher Smith
Will be more helpful to lawyers than historians like me, but as someone who is interested in the politics of race and racism I still found it very helpful and informative. There wasn't a lot that was completely new to me, but it definitely gave me terminology for some key ideas I couldn't have articulated before.
Skimmed a second time. Meant more now after having gone to Courageous Conversations conference. But also means I've realized how much more work I have to do...
This book was banned by the Tucson Unified School District and the Arizona State Superintendent Thomas Horne. Frankly, I can't see what all the fuss is about. This book is geared for post-graduate and/or professional students (like law students) who are interested in setting up legal clinics to fight prejudice and assist people of color. The best part? The Conclusion regarding the future of race relations in America. Caucasians will be in the minority in 2035 and Latinos and African-Americans wi ...more
Jeremy Carnes
Really clear and concise explanation of a rather complicated theoretical framework.
Excellent overview of the history, framework, issues, and current applications and implications of critical race theory, a movement that originated in the legal field, and seeks to study and transform the "relationship among race, racism, and power." The book includes the many ways in which "critical race theory has exploded from a narrow subspecialty of jurisprudence" to a more broadly spread examination of "practices of subordination facilitated and permitted" by cultural institutions and elem ...more
Perfect introduction to critical race theory. Very challenging questions cast toward the currently existing American education system with brillirantly composed and documented stories. Yet CRT scholars may also shift some focuses onto the educational system and problems in their own homeland, besides the US. Self-criticism is always essential in pushing forward any culture.
The read was a breeze. And maybe that's the problem. While the book serves as a primer, it was far too simplistic for my liking. It should be noted that I wasn't in the dark about critical race theory prior to reading this, so my gripe probably has to do with that. Were someone completely unfamiliar with the movement, the book may then be satisfactory.
This is actually my third time reading Critical Race Theory. A hard book to get your head around. I definitely wrestle with some of the book's premises. It has good points but tends to generalize and marginalize some voices. A good start but too many flaws in my opinion.
I had the feeling that the book presumed the reader is familiar with alot of concepts beforehand, however as it is abit structured like a text book for a college course I can see it working with additional material from the instructor. All-around wonderful however.
Apr 20, 2008 L rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone interested in color conscious theory/politics
Recommended to L by: Sherwood
I think the book is good for a class on race. It has very basic overview chapters so that you can understand the terminology and concepts they are covering. Then, at the end of each chapter are a series of discussion questions and/or class activity.
This is a great read, and it's available in e-book format! I love to having this as an easily accessible pocket reference book. It's a great introduction to the concepts of Critical Race Theory.
Not too difficult to read-- quite accessible. Very thoughtful writing, a great new(er) perspective on racial inequalities. And a great size to carry around to read on bus rides :-)
I read the introduction and chapter seven for a graduate course. Chapter seven focuses on the storytelling and narrative aspects of critical race theory. This was a tough read.
A cursory look at Critical Race Theory's origins, development, and future. Kept simple as a good overview book, with the right mix of authors for additional reading.
I think CRT, An Intro was easy to read, bold, and unapologetic. The way the book is structured is fantastic and allows for critical thinking.
excellent primer on this one...clear/easy to understand.
Very easy to read. An excellent introduction to race theory terms.
Was surprised by how much I already knew. Good reminder though
Savannah Poston
Really difficult read unless you have legal background....
Intro to critical race theory & the law
Brenda Srof
I read the first three chapters
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“Three years after I got my law degree, in the summer of 1989, I was a first-year law teacher invited to attend the first-ever workshop on something called “critical race theory,” to be held at the St. Benedict Center in Madison, Wisconsin. At that workshop, I discovered what had been missing for me as a student. I met some of the people who, by then, had begun to be recognized across the nation as major intellectual figures: Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Richard Delgado, Mari Matsuda, Patricia Williams. And I discovered a community of scholars who were inventing a language and creating a literature that was unlike anything I had read for class in three years of law school. As we enter the twenty-first century, critical race theory is no longer new, but it continues to grow and thrive.” 0 likes
“None of my professors talked about race or ethnicity; it was apparently irrelevant to the law. None of my professors in the first year talked about feminism or the concerns of women, either. These concerns were also, apparently, irrelevant. Nowhere, in fact, did the cases and materials we read address concerns of group inequality, sexual difference, or cultural identity. There was only one Law, a law that in its universal majesty applied to everyone without regard to race, color, gender, or creed.” 0 likes
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