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CRITICAL RACE THEORY’S DREAM NARRATIVES – A METHOD FOR AN ANTI-RACIST SOCIAL SCIENCE?

Studies in Law, Politics and Society

ISBN: 978-0-76231-097-5, eISBN: 978-1-84950-262-7

ISSN: 1059-4337

Publication date: 1 April 2004

Abstract

Critical race theory is a contemporary legal movement composed of progressive scholars, primarily people who identify as people of color, who seek to challenge racism in American society. In their writing, they explore the many ways in which racism infuses American institutions, popular culture, commonsense beliefs, pervades interaction and cuts to the core of the American psyche. One of the central challenges that any person, scholar, activist faces in the U.S. is the peculiar nature of contemporary discourse on race. Often times, much of white America treats racism as if it were a thing of the past, an article of a time when the racial caste system was explicitly upheld and defended, either in the form of slavery, explicitly racist immigration laws (like the Chinese Exclusion Act), the Jim Crow laws, or when Native Americans were massacred by Union soldiers. Contemporary anti-racist work constantly confronts this denial of racism from a large segment of America.2 This denial of racism is one in which many people seem to have developed something of a psychic investment. Since the critical race theorists are working in a scholar-activist anti-racist vein, they also have to confront this massive self-delusion or mythic self-understanding.

Citation

Price, J.M. (2004), "CRITICAL RACE THEORY’S DREAM NARRATIVES – A METHOD FOR AN ANTI-RACIST SOCIAL SCIENCE?", Studies in Law, Politics and Society (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 32), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 39-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1059-4337(03)32002-2

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