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Critical Race Theory



Critical race theory (CRT) is an intellectual movement that seeks to understand how white supremacy as a legal, cultural, and political condition is reproduced and maintained, primarily in the US context. Key to CRT is an emphasis on social change; thus, scholars within CRT not only attempt to understand race and racism but also to remedy their effects. Within the field of communication, CRT has been taken up by only a few scholars; yet CRT's overarching emphasis on the study of race pervades the field of communication.
Critical Race Theory
California State University, San Marcos, USA
University of Utah, USA
Critical race theory (CRT) is an intellectual movement that seeks to understand how
white supremacy as a legal, cultural, and political condition is reproduced and main-
tained, primarily in the US context. While CRT is part of a much longer research tra-
dition investigating race and racism, which includes such key gures as W. E. B. Du
Bois, Frantz Fanon, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, and
many more, CRT distinguishes itself as an approach that originated within legal stud-
ies (in part building from and responding to critical legal studies); aims to be a vehicle
for social and political change; has been adopted interdisciplinarily across many elds,
including perhaps most notably education; and, in certain contexts, has come to be the
umbrella term for studies of race and racism generally.
CRT originated as an extension and critique of critical legal studies (CLS). It was also
an outgrowth of Marxist critical theory that challenged the rationality, impartiality, and
purpose of the legal system. According to the tenets of both CRT and CLS, the legal
system is a political and ideological institution that, in part, rationalizes and justies
the existence of the state. e legal system also requires mastery of an arcane and inten-
tionally inaccessible vocabulary and a set of knowledge and power processes that limit
ordinary people’s access to it. e arbiters of law pretend to rely on reason but actually
rely on subjective, politically motivated, culturally biased, and quasi-religious rationale
for making and enforcing their decisions. CRT maintains the critique of legalistic think-
ing found in critical legal studies, but then adds a framework for understanding white
supremacy as an immutable fact of a neocolonial state, as well as a praxis for chang-
ing it. What separates CRT from other forms of racial critique is that, “Unlike most of
the earlier genres of race scholarship, critical race scholarship does not treat race as an
independent variable; rather, it regards race as a site of struggle” (Orbe & Allen, 2008,
p. 209).
For example, in Racial Realism Derrick Bell (1991) argues that people of color ought
to abandon the ideal of equality as it is impossible to attain in the United States. Instead,
people of color should seek to confront their victimizers and recognize that the ght
itself is “a manifestation of our humanity which survives and grows stronger through
resistance to oppression, even if that oppression is never overcome” (Bell, 1991, p. 378).
Even though CRT scholars recognize race as central, they acknowledge that multiple
forms of power and oppression are capable of operating simultaneously and in dier-
ent registers (Delgado Bernal, 2002); hence, they support intersectional critique. Class,
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gender, sexuality, colonization, ability, and other forms of identity and marginalization
are all relationships of power that are mutually manifest and that intersect with race and
operate synergistically.
ough CRT is rooted in CLS scholarship, CRT broke with CLS, in part because
of a failure on the part of many CLS scholars to recognize the centrality of race to
law. us, CRT can be thought of as both an outgrowth and a departure from CLS,
as CRT scholars sought to move the conversation about racism from the margin to the
center (Grin, 2010). Early architects of CRT include Alan D. Freeman and Derrick
Bell (Bell, 1976; Freeman, 1977). Both were legal scholars frustrated with the glacial
social progress relating to race following the 1950s–1970s civil rights movement and
the inability of the legal system to recognize and keep people of color safe from racist
discrimination. Rather than continue to place their faith in reform through the legal
system, CRT’s founders began to use their scholarly work as a form of activism.
CRT’s founders sought to change the structures of law, culture, and education by
using legal scholarship to produce narratives that contested aspects of the “common
sense” of American jurisprudence. us, from the perspective of the CRT scholar,
attempts to bring about racial equality through the legal system were destined to fail
because the legal system was the primary, structural, and disciplinary mechanism for
maintaining a white supremacist racial order. However, CRT scholars also believed
that it would be possible to change the function of the legal system by producing
legal scholarship that undermined white supremacy’s hold on juridical thought. By
changing the cases studied, as well as the way they were studied, CRT produced
scholarly precedents.
As a project, CRT assumes that the production, dissemination, and evaluation
of knowledge is fundamentally political and, as such, CRT researchers challenge
objectivity, neutrality, and scholarly authority and the way these objectives may be used
to distance and separate researchers from material life. us, CRT scholars “express
skepticism toward dominant legal claims of neutrality, objectivity, colorblindness and
meritocracy” (Matsuda, Lawrence, Delgado, & Crenshaw, 1993, p. 6). e primary
reason CRT is important to the eld of communication is that it relies on “rhetorical
ideas as both its ideological base and methodology. Critical race theorists argue
that speech acts cause racism and that solutions to problems resulting from racism
require the use of language to reshape reality” (Olmsted, 1998, p. 324). As such,
communication research grounded in, and conversant with, CRT is as much an
investigation of the discursive practices that produce and reproduce the racial order
as it is a rhetorical intervention against racism. Like many theories generated outside
the eld of communication and then imported into it, CRT has been taken up within
communication long aer it became popular within legal studies. Nevertheless, CRT
remains highly signicant to the eld of communication, and its relevance can be seen
in recent work published in the eld, especially work that explores how communi-
cation practices can intervene against racial discrimination (Grin, 2010; Holling,
Another aspect to CRT is its emphasis on the real-world eects of race and racism.
So, while CRT explicitly challenges racist discourse, it is also crucially aware of the way
race and racism aect the bodies, identities, and experiences of people of color. us,
it explains how racism, as a social condition, goes well beyond individual, intentional
racist acts and must be understood at institutional, social, economic, political, and his-
torical levels. Specically, work building out of CRT has studied such phenomena as
“racial microagressions”—especially the cumulative eects of quotidian experiences
with racism in everyday life (De La Garza, 2015). Moreover, CRT scholarship scru-
tinizes the production and maintenance of white supremacy as a normative, taken-
for-granted (and hence naturalized), and “legitimate” regulatory social regime. Despite
extant research confronting white supremacy as a political and discursive condition,
voices in the eld of communication have called for increased attention to racial cri-
tique because “the ideology of Whiteness will remain dominantly depoliticized unless
more of such scholarship is acknowledged, and we recognize the historically embedded
roots of structural racism” (Anguiano & Castañeda, 2014, p. 110). As such, scholars
in communication, in particular, have incorporated investigations of whiteness within
intercultural, organizational, rhetorical, health, environmental, and interpersonal com-
munication. Scholarship that relies on CRT moves beyond the discrete interrogation of
texts and artifacts and situates communication practices within a broader context of
white supremacy as the normative mode of political and social organization. is work
not only draws attention to whiteness and how it operates but is also a praxeological
intervention itself.
Tenets of CRT
Despite the interdisciplinary uptake of CRT throughout the social sciences and
humanities, there remains a relatively well-established and agreed-upon set of tenets
for guiding CRT scholarship. erst tenet of CRT may seem an obvious one, but
is nevertheless central to the critical and scholarly project of CRT: Race still matters
(Orbe & Allen, 2008). Viewing race as a central component of scholarship is one of
the primary hallmarks of CRT work. Despite notions of a “postracial” America, CRT
scholars maintain that white supremacy is a constitutive feature of US life (Olson, 2004;
Ono, 2010). Central to CRT work in the eld of communication is critical whiteness
studies. Such studies make explicit how white supremacy organizes the contexts
and content of communication between people of color and mainstream ideological
apparatus such as the media, the religious and educational systems. is work exposes
the power, complexity, and normativity of whiteness discursively and demonstrates
the inuence of whiteness on people and the way whiteness is reproduced as a cultural
e second tenet of CRT is the centrality of narrative and storytelling as a method of
analysis. CRT critiques law and legal studies for not having incorporated people of color
into scholarship, as well as for not having changed, structurally, to adapt to perspec-
tives and theories emerging as a result of changes such scholarship requires. One way
CRT scholars have sought to make such changes is by producing narratives by people
of color, akin to testimonios (see below), that inform legal study. ese “counterstories
disrupt normative cultural and personal narratives that reify the marginalization of peo-
ple of color. From the perspective of CRT scholarship, engines of knowledge production
are oen deployed to invalidate or refute people of color’s individual experiences with
racism. Giving voice to people’s stories is also a way to validate “experiential knowledge,”
or the lived experience of people of color, and to push back against institutional invest-
ments in maintaining a colorblind facade (Bonilla-Silva, 2006). Critics of CRT have
suggested that these narratives can and do fall into the trap of essentialism; however, the
theory’s adherents argue that knowing is a much more complicated process than theo-
rizing, and that counterstory is one of very few methods that nd value in the particular
and individual experiences of people of color.
e third tenet of CRT entails a critique of liberalism. Additionally, liberalism is asso-
ciated not with progressivism, but with incrementalism. Hence, CRT aims for more
radical institutional changes than reformist ones. e long march is too long. It is also
impractical in the face of structural racism and cultural ethnocentrism. One of the rea-
sons for this is that liberalism places too much faith on reform and the legislation of
human rights. ese ideas tend to be rejected by CRT scholars because they ignore
the depths of structural racism that people of color face. e failures of the civil rights
movement have led many CRT scholars to reject piecemeal or gradual reform in favor
of more radical and revolutionary approaches.
e fourth tenet of CRT is a commitment to social justice. Early CRT work began
as a critique of the legal institution and juridical modes of thought. CRT scholarship
is oen referred to as a political and intellectual movement; as such, many CRT theo-
rists position themselves in opposition to dominant ideological and discursive frames.
eeld of communication adds to this movement through racial critique of media
(Yosso, 2002), investigations into social and political movements (Anguiano, Milstein,
De Larkin, Chen, & Sandoval, 2012), institutions, and a commitment to the voices of
the marginalized (Holling, 2014).
Ah tenet of CRT research is an acknowledgment of the importance of interdis-
ciplinarity. CRT scholars recognize that there is a historical relationship between the
production of scholarly research and the maintenance of white supremacy. From its
inception to the present, CRT research takes up a marginalized position in academic
journals as much by necessity as design. us, CRT scholars have learned to move across
disciplinary boundaries in order to nd opportunities to connect with other relevant
bodies of literature and to share their scholarship with others. e move to interdis-
ciplinarity is instrumental to the broad dissemination and uptake of CRT scholarship
across academic disciplines, and contributes to CRT’s continued relevance as a theoret-
ical paradigm.
CRT methodology
In addition to counterstories being a theoretical contribution of CRT, they are also a
methodology of sorts that challenges discrimination and works toward social justice
by “talking back” to rationalist and social-scientic research that supports racialized
and marginalizing notions about people of color. Counterstories may be narratives
constructed using empirical evidence, they may be amalgamations of many people’s
personal experience (oen called composite stores), or they may even be completely
ctional parables that use exaggerated circumstances to address contemporary racial
issues. e most inuential of these (of the ctional sort) is an article by Derrick Bell
titled “e Space Traders” (1992). In it, Bell uses a short science-ction story to argue
that people of color are sacriced to benet the white majority. Rather than argue that
this exploitation ended with the civil rights movement, Bell describes a present in
which the majority disavows racism, but is still willing to act in racist ways. Despite
the elements of ction, these stories are nearly always supported by traditional legal
means of substantiation such as historical events, legal precedents, and the like, as well
as more qualitative research of other scholars.
Counterstories rely on the power of people’s “voices.” According to Delgado (1990),
“voice” results from the shared experiences of the structures of systems of power. People
of color are unied (not essentialized) by their experiences of navigating the structures
of power that marginalize them. ey all have stories of times when they were dismissed,
ignored, even oppressed. ese experiences shape the way they interact with and under-
stand the world. More importantly, in the stories of others we are able to recognize our
own voices, our own experiences, and our own struggles within the narrative. It is this
ability to create aect, to share and empathize, and to witness that makes voice such an
important part of CRT scholarship.
Critical race methodology must foreground race and racism in all the parts of
the research process from inception to write up (Yosso, 2002). is awareness of the
primacy of race is central to CRT scholarship in several ways. erst is that critical
race scholars will ask questions from a perspective that recognizes the centrality of race.
is allows them to be reexive about their relationship to research participants, which
avoids or at least minimizes the irresponsible use of scholarly privilege. e history
of scholarship is littered with academics who exploited, misrepresented, or ignored
the voices of people of color they studied (Solomon, 1985). In order to avoid this type
of abuse, CRT methodology self-reectively recognizes power as an intersectional
problematic that cuts across social identities, and recognizes that researchers must be
diligent in their willingness to see dierence and respect the people with whom they
CRT methodology also challenges traditional paradigms that marginalize the expe-
riences of people of color. e reason a CRT stance takes an oppositional approach to
research is to ensure rigor and to produce research that confronts master narratives.
CRT researchers look to challenge issues that appear settled and to destabilize normal-
ized discourses. Adherents describe CRT as an activist movement and, as such, CRT
methodology aims to locate liberatory and transformational solutions to the problems
facing people of color.
In order to make social change, CRT scholarship has even developed a “critical
race epistemology,” an alternative to empiricist or rationalist paradigms. CRT scholars
suggest one can begin to engage a critical race epistemology by maintaining focus on
two principles. erst is that knowledge production is political. To make knowledge
is to exert power over the social, which requires privileges accessible to only a very
few. Second, there is radical potential in alternative epistemologies that foreground the
perspectives of people of color. CRT epistemology appropriates the academic space as a
site of struggle, employs a critique of power, and ultimately challenges racial hegemony.
Extensions and critiques
Critiques of CRT tend to focus on a few of its perceived weaknesses. Critics of CRT
attack the notion of objectivity. In a world of increasingly aversive forms of racial
oppression, such as racial microaggressions, racism is oen dicult to identify
objectively. While most CRT research relies on empirical examples of material and
social disparity, objective measures have diculty demonstrating the cause. CRT
scholars respond to these critiques by arguing that objectivity is a myth, one that
is historically deployed to justify inequality and deect racial criticism. A second
critique leveled at CRT is that it is ultimately an essentialist racial paradigm. Critics
argue that, by saying that all people of color experience racism, CRT scholars are
participating in a attened depiction of individual experiences. us, one can never
attain the personal nuances that CRT scholars (paradoxically) call for. Furthermore,
by highlighting an essential experience for Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, and
black people, CRT scholars destroy opportunities for coalition-building across
racial lines. However, CRT scholars respond to these critiques by centering white
supremacy as a constitutive feature of race-based critique. erefore, each individual
may experience dierential levels and forms of marginalization while at the same
time each individual can attack the structures that reproduce white supremacy,
which becomes the source for building coalitions across raced, classed, and gendered
LatCrit theory is a complement to and an extension of CRT and is by far the most
used version of CRT in communication. LatCrit, like many of the other forms of
“-Crit” theories (FemCrit, TribalCrit, DesiCrit), breaks from CRT because of CRT’s
overemphasis on the black/white binary. ough these alternative Crits subscribe to all
of the tenets of CRT, they also include tools to address the particularity of issues and
experiences aecting dierent marginalized groups. LatCrit organizes itself around
a pan-Latino identity, or Latinidad, by taking ownership of intersecting histories of
colonization, migration, dispossession, and exploitation in the Americas. Rather than
essentializing one particular “Latin” experience, LatCrit recognizes dierential experi-
ences, while noting the common structures of power that are activated around issues of
ethnicity, indigeneity, sexuality, identity, and discrimination. e place where LatCrit
theory departs from critical race theory is where it challenges the black/white binary
drawn by CRT and argues that there are a range of racialized identities in the United
States, each dened dierently as marginal to whiteness but performed and enforced
through dierent discourses and technologies of power. LatCrit is particularly invested
in issues arising from language dierence, colonization, nativism, and the immigration
LatCrit oen relies on testimonio—a technique for political storytelling. Tes t i moni o
is a form of political witnessing that arms the experiences of the storyteller and trans-
forms the listener into a witness (Holling, 2014). Te s t imoni o arises from this tradition of
confronting power, of asserting a right to exist, of refusing to be silenced. Both counter-
story and testimonio as methods recognize that narratives are a powerful way of creating
and transmitting knowledge. ese methods reect a dierent set of ontological and
epistemological commitments than traditional social-scientic research, because they
center the lived experiences of people at the margins, recognize that anyone can be a
holder and creator of knowledge, and seek to counter or disrupt majoritarian narratives.
Another critique and extension of critical race theory is TribalCrit. Like LatCrit,
TribalCrit was developed to address gaps in CRT with respect to American Indians.
While CRT serves as the framework, it fails to address the legal/political and racial-
ized liminality of Native Americans (Brayboy, 2005). TribalCrit also takes into account
the experiences of colonization including language shior loss, tribal sovereignty, and
indigenous epistemologies.
Nine tenets dene TribalCrit:
1. e consequences of colonization are endemic to US society.
2. US treatment of indigenous people is inseparable from cultural and economic
imperialism, white supremacy, and the economic exploitation of indigenous
people and their land.
3. Indigenous people exist in a liminal space that accounts for their political and cul-
tural marginalization. is liminality is also fundamental to the process of identity
formation of indigenous people.
4. Indigenous people seek tribal sovereignty, autonomy, self-determination, and self-
5. A TribalCrit lens produces new possibilities for concepts of culture, knowledge, and
6. Assimilation is a problematic goal, and government and educational polices
directed at indigenous peoples attempt to produce and enforce assimilation.
7. “Tribal philosophies, beliefs, customs, traditions, and visions for the future are
central to understanding the lived realities of Indigenous peoples, but they also
illustrate the dierences and adaptability among individuals and groups” (Brayboy,
2005, p. 429).
8. ere is no distinction between indigenous stories and theory. Stories make theory
and are legitimate ontologies and avenues of research.
9. TribalCrit is praxis-driven research, and its practitioners must gear their research
toward social change.
Like CRT, AsianCrit is critical of liberal attempts at racial reform. It relies heavily
on narratives as both a method and an artifact of study and is critical of rationalist
and empiricist paradigms. However, AsianCrit emphasizes and critiques the racist
and nativist dimensions of (for example) the racial history of immigration law and
policies, language legislation, educational discrimination, unfair labor practices based
on law, the hypersexualization of Asian women, the emasculation of Asian men, queer
theory, the marginalization and disempowerment associated with the model minority
and other nefarious stereotypes, and the legacies of the World War II incarceration of
Japanese Americans, the social, legal, political, economic, and cultural regulation of
Filipina/o American, Korean American, Chinese American, South Asian American,
Japanese American, and Southeast Asian American bodies, and the segregation and
representation of Asian Americans as an undierentiated or attened depiction of the
SEE ALSO: Afrocentricity; American Studies; Critical eory; Cultural Studies; Ethnic
Studies; Narrative Inquiry; Objectivity and Subjectivity; Postcolonial eory
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Antonio Tomas De La Garza is an assistant professor of rhetoric at California State
University, San Marcos. His research focuses on the ways communication reies and/or
resists white supremacist power relations. His current work focuses on discursively pro-
duced violence in the US/Mexico borderlands. His interest in theory derives from a
desire to explore the ways scholarship can become relevant to political struggle. An
example of his work can be found in the book Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights From the
Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy (2015).
Kent A. On o is professor and chair in the Department of Communication at the Uni-
versity of Utah. His research focuses on rhetoric and discourse, media and lm, and
race, ethnic, and cultural studies. He has authored and edited several books, including:
Contemporary Media Culture and the Remnants of a Colonial Past (2009); Asian Ameri-
cans and the Media with Vincent Pham (2009); Shiing Borders: Rhetoric, Immigration,
and California’s Proposition 187 with John Sloop (2002); and Critical Rhetorics of Race
with Michael Lacy (ed., 2011).
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... People of European descent, who do not go through the pain of racism, according to critical race theorists, may not see the way they behave individually or systemically as racist even when racialized people suffer the consequences of race-based attitudes. For CR theorists, it is therefore up to the marginalized people to challenge a white supremacist system (De la Garza & Ono, 2016) in order to self-empower (Delgado, 1991). This is because mainstream theorizing on race has been unable to "takes to task both mainstream and critical discourses of race for failing to understand the ingrained and endemic nature of racism in dominant Western cultures, policies and institutions" (Gholami, 2021, p. 8). ...
Until 1962, Canada was legally a Eurocentric racial state. After abandoning state-sanctioned racism in 1967, politicians soon realized that institutional entrenchment of racism would need more than laws-based anti-racism. Today, institutional racism, however, remains entrenched in Canadian institutions despite various mitigating processes by all levels of governments since the 1970s. In this qualitative paper, we analyze the marginalizing effects of system anti-Black racism and the dissonances between strategies and attitudes of system professionals and African-Canadian grassroots youth workers. From our findings, we conclude that effective youth workers prioritize behavior-in-time (experience-based) over behavior-in-discourse (text-based) in service provision.
... Testimonios are a qualitative technique in which the individual testifying uses their own lived experience as evidence (Covarrubias et al., 2018;De La Garza & Ono, 2016;Huber Pérez, 2010). Delgado (1989), Goessling (2018), Hodge et al. (2002), and Solórzano and Yosso (2002) have all cited testimonios as a pedagogical approach intended to heal and liberate as a knowledge tradition already embedded in Brown, Black, and Indigenous communities and cultures. ...
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We propose that the profession is theoretically at a point of convergence between CRT and LatCrit. Both theories are united in the production of knowledge to dismantle oppression. This article provides a brief review of CRT and a comprehensive understanding of LatCrit as a starting point for critical social work education perspectives. We discuss implications for social work education by broadening the racial discourse to include Latinas/os/x and suggest critical solutions and adaptations to current social work pedagogy to better prepare students to enter the social work field and respond to this growing population. We provide recommendations for reevaluating social work and find an exit from the loop of “band-aid” interventions that lack a fundamental basis for addressing the underlying causes of trauma, stress, and racism. We provide concrete examples for incorporating LatCrit into social work education, practice. We close by calling on the professions leading organizations, NASW and CSWE, to release statements addressing the recent assault on CRT (and LatCrit by way of its extension of CRT) and join other social work organizations in condemning the unfair attacks on CRT if social work is committed to the Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism.
In this chapter, we consider several theoretical paradigms which have emancipation of the suppressed and subjugated as their focal agenda. We follow-up our discussion of these diverse theoretical paradigms with an evaluation of their usefulness in deconstructing, examining, and comprehending entrepreneurship as a socio-economic emancipation strategy. Additionally, we also address methodological concerns which might arise in emancipatory underlined entrepreneurship projects and identify appropriate research methods. The objective of the chapter is to provide the readers with several theoretical and methodological alternatives when considering entrepreneurship projects with emancipatory connotations.
To understand one type of race trouble, this study examines a federal civil trial brought by a white employee suing her African American supervisor for creating a racially hostile work environment. After explaining race trouble and its connection to talk about racism, background is provided on civil trials and this particular trial. Events about which competing accounts were offered in the trial included assignment of office space, meeting conduct, and use of the N-word and African American language. For each event I show how anti-white racism was argued for and how that argument was resisted. In the conclusion, I consider what this trial illuminates about twenty-first century U.S. race relations.
This study aims to discuss the hate crimes and instances of racism against the Sikh and Muslim communities from South Asia in America after the post-9/11 period and the strategies that the South Asian community has adopted to fight back the Racism in America against them. The history of racism in America was established with the advent of enslaved Black people from Africa in the 18th century. In the 1960s, Black Africans launched the civil rights movement to reclaim their civil rights and they won. But racism was not eliminated from America against them. The immigration act of 1960 paved the way for the immigration of different communities in America. The South Asian community also grew because of this act. The earliest immigrants came from India in 1960s, immigrants from Pakistan in 1980 and, in 2000 the immigrants from Bangladesh. This study includes Desk Research and the secondary sources. It is argued in this research that the incident of 9/11 has increased racial discrimination among the South Asia diaspora in America, due to which they are being subjected to hate crimes. It is the need of time to counter such incidents in USA if it is further promoted the negative image of USA will increase in Asian specially the Muslim countries.
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This chapter investigates the relational and multidimensional aspects of social exclusion experienced by teachers of minority Religious Education (RE) in Finnish primary, secondary, and upper secondary schools. The analysis in this chapter is based on interviews with nine of these teachers. The research in this chapter reveals that religious minorities form their own groups in schools, retaining a certain position of power, compared to other minorities. However, a discrepancy surrounds such groups. This discrepancy is characterised by the fact that these religious minorities are entitled to a strong legal position in school granted by the law at the national level and the curriculum. Nonetheless, what is granted by law on the national level appears to be implemented poorly in practice at the local level. Since this discrepancy drives the motivation of this research, this chapter investigates the character of social exclusion that emerges from it as experienced by these minority Religious Education teachers in the schools they are affiliated with in Finland.
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As Asian Americans join the legal academy in growing numbers, they change the face of the academy and challenge its traditional legal doctrines. The author announces an "Asian American Moment" in the legal academy and an opportunity to reverse the pattern of discrimination against Asian Americans. Traditional civil rights work and current critical race scholarship fail to address the unique issues for Asian Americans, including nativistic racism and the model minority myth. Space must be made in the legal academy for an Asian American Legal Scholarship and the narratives of Asian Americans. The author states that the rational-empirical mode is inadequate as a justification for narrative scholarship and argues for a post-structural basis for Asian American Legal Scholarship. He gives a few historical examples of how narrative can be used to effect social change. Finally, the author offers a framework for constructing an Asian American Legal Scholarship which acknowledges the tremendous diversity among the disempowered but which also recognizes that it is through solidarity that Asian Americans will gain the freedom to express their diversity.
Analyzes and responds to an article criticizing the idea that some scholars of color write in a distinctive "voice" by virtue of their experience and background. Summarizes how conventional liberal discourse views the issue of voice. Contrasts that view with outsider perspectives and illuminates the paradigmatic gap between critical race theory and mainstream scholarship.
For too long, the histories, experiences, cultures, and languages of students of color have been devalued, misinterpreted, or omitted within formal educational settings. In this article, the author uses critical race theory (CRT) and Latina/Latino critical theory (LatCrit) to demonstrate how critical raced-gendered epistemologies recognize students of color as holders and creators of knowledge. In doing so, she discusses how CRT and LatCrit provide an appropriate lens for qualitative research in the field of education. She then compares and contrasts the experiences of Chicana/Chicano students through a Eurocentric and a critical raced-gendered epistemological perspective and demonstrates that each perspective holds vastly different views of what counts as knowledge, specifically regarding language, culture, and commitment to communities. She then offers implications of critical raced-gendered epistemologies for both research and practice and concludes by discussing some of the critiques of the use of these epistemologies in educational research.