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Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement

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In the past few years, a new generation of progressive intellectuals has dramatically transformed how law, race, and racial power are understood and discussed in America. Questioning the old assumptions of both liberals and conservatives with respect to the goals and the means of traditional civil rights reform, critical race theorists have presented new paradigms for unde ...more
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Published May 1st 1996 by The New Press
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Scott Jackson
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement is a phenomenal work. It is a compilation of some of the most important writings that formed and sustained the Critical Race Theory (“CRT”) movement. The book includes articles from Derrick Bell, Richard Delgado, Mari Matsuda, Anthony Cook, Duncan Kennedy, Gary Peller, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and others. All of the articles add something to CRT, and read independently, add significant portions to the CRT movement.

The central thesis of t
Kathleen O'Neal
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book and really gives the reader a good idea of the diversity of perspectives within critical race theory as well as a sense of what it is that unifies these diverse perspectives. One of my biggest criticisms of the book is that in its understandable focus on African-American issues, it didn't deal as much with issues involving American Indians, Hispanic Americans, and Asian-Americans. I would also have been interested in reading more about the laws surrounding interr ...more
Avatara Smith carrington
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This seminal collection of work centering Critical Race Theory has not only proven to be personally revolutionary in how I both conceptualize and contextualize the nuanced interaction between race and law in this country and within the realm of academia but has also helped in rooting my understanding of jurisprudence in a manner that shifts my marginalized and disenfranchised identities from "object" to "subject". This has honestly proven to be a necessary facet in influencing the way that I env ...more
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this in a political science course in college. The editors choose writings that force the reader to challenge her assumptions of the aims of affirmative action and desegregation while arming racial justice scholars and activists with a new language/theoretical framework for understanding race. There is just so much here.
Liz Maas
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life and radically altered my thoughts on the legacy of education litigation efforts. I was lead here after reading work by Derrick Bell.
Orlando Smart-Powell
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Much of it is soaked in legalese, but well, well worth the time.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent anthology of the seminal works around critical race theory- perfect for those who are interested in an introduction to CRT through multiple lenses.
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Kimberlé Crenshaw (also writes as Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw) is a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School. A leading authority on civil rights, black feminist legal theory, and racism and the law, she is a co-editor of Critical Race Theory (The New Press). Crenshaw is a contributor to Ms. Magazine, The Nation, and the Huffington Post. She lives in Los Angeles.
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