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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr (April 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814719317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814719312
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #719,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unlike other theorists, these people mean to change the world, not merely to 'ascertain how society organizes itself along racial lines and hierarchies, but to transform it for the better.' This book has served as my introduction to a field I wish I had started to cultivate and harvest much earlier."-"Bloomsbury Review"

About the Author

Richard Delgado is professor of law at the University of Colorado, Boulder and author of The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader, The Coming Race War, and Must We Defend Nazis? (also available from NYU Press). Jean Stefancic is research associate in law at the University of Colorado, Boulder and author of No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda.

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This book will change the way you view race and ethnicity in America. The authors present material and concepts that have come out of critical race theory in a readable format that is accessible to everyone. Although you may be confused about how to pin down precisely what "critical race theory" is (unfortunately, the authors don't really explain the overarching concept very well), you will be exposed to a plethora of new and radical (?) ideas that no other book or class will likely have introduced you to, such as interest convergence, which is the idea that a law will only change in favor of blacks when it is also perceived as being favorable by whites for whites. There are plenty of anecdotes, cases, and questions to keep you on your toes. This book is written in such a way so that any introductory class in history or sociology could utilize the book. I highly recommend it to professors and instructors of these courses, or to the general reader interested in race in America. Agree or disagree with them, you can't come away from the ideas in this book without thinking, and you'll never look at the legal system in the United States in quite the same way again.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Eye-opening! A Safe and Non-Threatening Introduction April 11 2004
By Ksuzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book will change the way you view race and ethnicity in America. The authors present material and concepts that have come out of critical race theory in a readable format that is accessible to everyone. Although you may be confused about how to pin down precisely what "critical race theory" is (unfortunately, the authors don't really explain the overarching concept very well), you will be exposed to a plethora of new and radical (?) ideas that no other book or class will likely have introduced you to, such as interest convergence, which is the idea that a law will only change in favor of blacks when it is also perceived as being favorable by whites for whites. There are plenty of anecdotes, cases, and questions to keep you on your toes. This book is written in such a way so that any introductory class in history or sociology could utilize the book. I highly recommend it to professors and instructors of these courses, or to the general reader interested in race in America. Agree or disagree with them, you can't come away from the ideas in this book without thinking, and you'll never look at the legal system in the United States in quite the same way again.
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Enlightening July 10 2005
By T.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent introduction to critical race theory. Well-written and supported by fascinating examples, it provides an insightful introduction to the school of thought of which Richard Delgado was one of the founders. The reviewer who found it poorly supported and insighting hate is quite misguided, for this introduction does not draw enormous conclusions but rather makes humble suggestions. It is not surprising that it made the reviewer feel uncomfortable, for nobody likes to admit to his/her racisms, which is actually one of Delgado's ideas. Racism is too loaded of a word and this society needs to develop more vocabulary to describe such emotions/feelings.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
a good start April 9 2013
By Jon Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you don't know what the contemporary term "critical race theory" means, this is a good place to start.

This is not a book about the theory of "race;" it is a criticism of racial implications in contemporary American culture.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Quality! Sept. 21 2012
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was very pleased with the arrival of this product.The quality was more than I expected.I was extremely thankful to receive it before my professor had set up any due dates- Thank You!
Four Stars March 30 2015
By JMB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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