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Crossroads, Directions and a New Critical Race Theory


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Foreword: Who Are We? And Why Are We Here? Doing Critical Race Theory in Hard Times - Charles R. Lawrence III
Introduction: Battles Waged, Won, and Lost: Critical Race Theory at the Turn of the Millennium - Francisco Valdes, Jerome McCristal Culp, and Angela P. Harris

Part I: Histories
1. The First Decade: Critical Reflections, or "A Foot In the Closing Door" - Kimberle Williams Crenshaw
2. Historicizing Critical Race Theory's Cutting Edge: Key Movements that Performed the Theory - Sumi Cho and Robert Westley
3. Keeping It Real: On Anti-"Essentialism" - Catharine A. MacKinnon

Part II: Crossroads
Section A: Race
Critiquing "Race' and Its Uses: Critical Race Theory's Uncompleted Argument - Robert S. Chang
4. The Poetics of Colorlined Space - Anthony Paul Farley
5. Un-Natural Things: Constructions of Race, Gender, and Disability - Robert L. Hayman, Jr., and Nancy Levit
6. Race and the Immigration Laws: The Need for Critical Inquiry - Kevin R. Johnson
7. "Simple Logic": Race, the Identity Documents Rule, and the Story of a Nation Besieged and Betrayed - Sherene H. Razack
8. Straight Out of the Closet: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation - Devon W. Carbado
Section B: Narrativity
Celebrating Racialized Legal Narratives - Margaret E. Montoya
9. The Unbearable Whiteness of Being - Thomas Ross
10. Construction Project: Color Me Queer + Color Me Family = Camilo's Story - Victoria Ortiz and Jennifer Elrod
11. On Being Homeless: One Aboriginal Woman's "Conquest" of Canadian Universities - 1989-98 - Patricia Monture-Angus
12. Dinner and Self-Determination - Henry J. Richardson III
Section C: Globalization
Critical Race Theory in Global Context - Celina Romany
13. Global Markets, Racial Spaces, and the Role of Critical Race Theory in the Struggle for Community Control of Investments: An Institutional Class Analysis - Elizabeth M. Iglesias
14. Global Feminism at the Local Level: The Criminalization of Female Genital Surgeries - Isabelle R. Gunning
15. Breaking Cycles of Inequality: Critical Theory, Human Rights, and Family In/Justice - Berta Esperanza Hermandez-Truyol
16. Critical Race Theory and Post-Colonial Development - Enrique R. Carrasco

Part III: Directions
17. Critical Coalitions: Theory and Praxis - Julie A. Su and Eric Y. Yamamoto
18. Beyond, and Not Beyond, Black and White: Deconstruction has a Politics - Mari Matsuda
19. Outsider Scholars, Critical Race Theory, and "Outcrit" Perspectivity: Postsubordination Vision as Jurisprudential Method - Francisco Valdes

Afterword: The Handmaid's Truth - Derrick A. Bell
About the Contributors

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A powerful collection of original essays on the history of Critical Race Theory

About the Author

Francisco Valdes is Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. Jerome McCristal Culp is Professor of law at Duke University School of Law. Angeta P. Harris is Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.


"The book will appeal to race and legal scholars in the US as well as in the UK. The breadth of topics and methodologies covered within the volume is certainly impressive and the teaming of chapters from established academics with younger scholars give the book a fresh approach to the study of critical race theory." --The Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies

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