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1st Edition

Critical Race Theory Matters
Education and Ideology

ISBN 9780415996747
Published September 14, 2010 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Over the past decade, Critical Race Theory (CRT) scholars in education have produced a significant body of work theorizing the impact of race and racism in education. Critical Race Theory Matters provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of this influential movement, shining its keen light on specific issues within education. Through clear and accessible language, the authors synthesize scholarship in the field, highlight major themes and assumptions, and examine strategies of resistance and practices for challenging the existing inequalities in education. By linking theory to everyday practices in today’s classroom, students will understand how CRT is relevant to a host of timely topics, from macro-policies such as Bilingual Education and Affirmative Action to micro-policies such as classroom management and curriculum. Moving beyond identifying problems into the realm of problem solving, Critical Race Theory Matters is a call to action to put into praxis a radical new vision of education in support of equality and social justice.

Table of Contents


Part I – Critical Race Theory Concepts and Education

Chapter 1: Critical Race Theory Critique of Liberalism

Chapter 2: Critical Race Theory Critique of Colorblindness

Chapter 3: Whiteness as Property, Interest Convergence, and Intersectionality

Part II – Policies and Practices: A Critical Race Theory Approach to Understanding Schooling

Chapter 4: Macro-Level Policies – Segregation, Desegregation, and Resegregation

Chapter 5: Macro-Level Policies – Bilingual Education

Chapter 6: Macro-Level Policies – Higher Education

Chapter 7: Macro-Level Policies – Affirmative Action

Chapter 8: Micro-Level Practices – Critical Race Theory Applied in Schools and Classrooms

Chapter 9: Micro-Level Practices – Race, Racism, and the Everyday Practices of Schooling

Chapter 10: Critical Race Theory and the Role of Educational Research

Part III – Narratives of the Oppressed: Countering Master Narratives

Chapter 11: American Indian Counter Narratives: On Survival and Free Money

Chapter 12: Chicano/Latino Counter Narratives: The Value of Education

Chapter 13: African American Counter Narratives: Telling One’s Story, Finding One’s Place

Chapter 14: Latina Intersections: An Educational Memoir


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Margaret M. Zamudio was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wyoming.

Caskey Russell is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Wyoming.

Francisco A. Rios is Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Wyoming.

Jacquelyn L. Bridgeman is Associate Professor at the College of Law, University of Wyoming.


"The strength of Critical Race Theory Matters is how the authors describe the salient summary points of Critical Race Theory with a clear and cohesive voice. Ideal for undergraduate courses on CRT or critical studies of race, Critical Race Theory Matters fulfills its purpose as an introductory text for students unfamiliar with CRT."

--Laurence Parker, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy, University of Utah