1st Edition

Social Identity and the Law Race, Sexuality and Intersectionality

By Barbara L. Graham Copyright 2019
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Social Identity and the Law: Race, Sexuality and Intersectionality is an important resource for inquiry into the relationship between law and social identity in the contexts of race, sexuality and intersectionality in the United States.

    The book provides a systematic legal treatment of selected historical and contemporary civil rights and social justice issues in areas affecting African Americans, Latinos/as, Asian Americans and LGBTQ persons from a law and politics perspective. It covers topics such as the legal and social construction of social identity, slavery and the rise of Jim Crow, discrimination based on national origin and citizenship, educational equity, voting rights, workplace discrimination, discrimination in private and public spaces, regulation of intimate relationships, marriage and reproductive justice, and criminal justice.

    Lecturers will benefit from:

    • Fifty-seven excerpted cases accompanied with engaging questions presented at the beginning of each case to stimulate class discussion.
    • An eResource including 129 supplemental case excerpts and case briefs for all excerpted cases appearing in the book.
    • Suggested reading lists at the end of each chapter recommending key articles and books to help students survey the academic literature on the topics.

    With a logical chapter structure and accessible writing style, this textbook is an essential companion for use on undergraduate courses on American constitutional law, civil liberties and civil rights, social justice, and race and law.


    1. Social Identity and the Law

    2. Slavery, Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow

    3. Discrimination Based On National Origin and Citizenship

    4. Equity in Education

    5. Making Democracy More Inclusive

    6. Workplace Discrimination

    7. Discrimination in Private and Public Spaces

    8. Intimate Relationships, Marriage and Reproductive Justice

    9. Criminal Injustice


    Barbara L. Graham is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Within the field of American politics, she specializes in the area of law, courts and politics. She teaches courses on the Supreme Court, constitutional law, civil liberties, gender and the law and judicial politics. Her current research interests include race, gender and intersectional representation in state and federal courts and the relationship between law and social change.

    'Not only does Social Identity and the Law: Race, Sexuality and Intersectionality fill a gap in the market; it also provides a fascinating---yet accessible---treatment of legal developments affecting African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos/as, and LGBTQ persons. Instructors and students alike will appreciate Graham's careful selection and editing of court decisions, her effective writing, and the thought-provoking questions she poses in each chapter.  Social Identity and the Law is so well-done that instructors will be tempted to develop a course around it; I know I am.'

    Lee Epstein, Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor, Washington University in St. Louis