Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction


In 2001, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic published their definitive Critical Race Theory, a compact introduction to the field that explained, in straightforward language, the origins, principal themes, leading voices, and new directions of this important movement in legal thought. Since then, critical race theory has gone on to influence numerous other fields of scholarship, and the Delgado and Stefancic primer has remained an indispensible guide for students and teachers.

Delgado and Stefancic have revised the book to include material on key issues such as colorblind jurisprudence, Latino-Critical scholarship, immigration, and the rollback of affirmative action. This second edition introduces readers to important new voices in fields outside of law, including education and psychology, and offers greatly expanded issues for discussion, updated reading lists, and an extensive glossary of terms.


Since we published the first edition of this book in 2001, the United States has lived through two economic downturns, an outbreak of terrorism, and the onset of an epidemic of hate directed against newcomers, especially undocumented Latinos and Middle Eastern people. On a more hopeful note, the country elected its first black president and enacted a comprehensive health-reform measure promising access to health care for many of the currently uninsured.

The country’s demography has changed, as well. Latinos, at about 16 percent of the population, are now the largest minority group, having displaced African Americans, who number about 13 percent. In California, minorities of color together exceed the white population in size, if not yet in influence.

President Barack Obama’s election prompted a vigorous response in the form of the Tea Party movement as well as an upsurge in hate speech, some of it taking the form of blogs, Internet websites, and talk-radio programs. Globalization, outsourcing, and maquiladoras removed tens of thousands of jobs, so that the gap in income and . . .

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