Edited by Emilios Christodoulidis, Ruth Dukes and Marco Goldoni
Chapter 4: Critical race theory
Critical race theory established itself as one of the youngest movements or theories in the panorama of critical (legal) scholarship from the late 1980s onwards. Born in the context of American law schools as a result and/or critique of critical legal studies and feminist legal theory, it has continuously challenged mainstream views about race and racism in the United States by putting the viewpoint of those most affected by racism at its core. Concepts and tools such as ‘interest convergence’, ‘intersectionality’, ‘unconscious racism’ and ‘legal storytelling’ as well as the critiques of ‘colorblindness’ and ‘postracialism’ have become associated with this intellectual movement.
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