Critical Race Theory An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0814721354
ISBN-13: 9780814721353
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 1/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 207
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

2009ChoiceOutstanding Academic TitleIs job insecurity the new norm? With fewer and fewer people working in steady, long-term positions for one employer, has the dream of a secure job with full benefits and a decent salary become just that—a dream?InNice Work If You Can Get It, Andrew Ross surveys the new topography of the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labor instability and uneven development on a massive scale. Combining detailed case studies with lucid analysis and graphic prose, he looks at what the new landscape of contingent employment means for workers across national, class, and racial lines—from the emerging “creative class” of high-wage professionals to the multitudes of temporary, migrant, or low-wage workers. Developing the idea of “precarious livelihoods” to describe this new world of work and life, Ross explores what it means in developed nations—comparing the creative industry policies of the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union, as well as developing countries—by examining the quickfire transformation of China's labor market. He also responds to the challenge of sustainability, assessing the promise of “green jobs” through restorative alliances between labor advocates and environmentalists.Ross argues that regardless of one's views on labor rights, globalization, and quality of life, this new precarious and “indefinite life,&” and the pitfalls and opportunities that accompany it is likely here to stay and must be addressed in a systematic way. A more equitable kind of knowledge society emerges in these pages—less skewed toward flexploitation and the speculative beneficiaries of intellectual property, and more in tune with ideals and practices that are fair, just, and renewable.

Jean Stefancic  is Research Professor of Law at Seattle University and is the author of many articles and books on civil rights, law reform, social change, including No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America’s Social Agenda .

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface to the Second Edition
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
Questions and Comments for Chapter I
Suggested Readings
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
Classroom Exercise
Serving Two Masters
Classroom Exercise
Race Remedies Law as a Homeostatic Device
Questions and Comments for Chapter II
Suggested Readings
Legal Storytelling and Narrative Analysis
Opening a Window onto Ignored or Alternative Realities
Counterstorytelling
Cure for Silencing
Storytelling in Court
Storytelling on the Defensive
Questions and Comments for Chapter III
Suggested Readings
Looking Inward
Intersectionality
Essentialism and Antiessentialism
Nationalism versus Assimilation
Classroom Exercise
Questions and Comments for Chapter IV
Suggested Readings
Power and the Shape of Knowledge
The Black-White Binary
Critical White Studies
Classroom Exercise
Other Developments: Latino and Asian Critical Thought, Critical Race Feminism, Queer-Crit Theory
Questions and Comments for Chapter V
Suggested Readings
Critiques and Responses to Criticism
Classroom Exercise
Questions and Comments for Chapter VI
Suggested Readings
Critical Race Theory Today
Right-Wing Offensive
Postracialism and a Politics of Triangulation
Unmasking Color Blindness
Race, Class, Welfare, and Poverty
Globalization
Power
Identity
Classroom Exercise
Questions and Comments for Chapter VII
Suggested Readings
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
Classroom Exercise
Questions and Comments for Chapter VIII
Suggested Readings
Glossary of Terms
Index
About the Authors

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