Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education

Edited by Edward Taylor, David Gillborn, Gloria Ladson-Billings

© 2009 – Routledge

380 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The emergence of Critical Race Theory (CRT) marked an important point in the history of racial politics in the legal academy and the broader conversation about race and racism in the United States. More recently, CRT has proven an important analytic tool in the field of education, offering critical perspectives on race, and the causes, consequences and manifestations of race, racism, inequity, and the dynamics of power and privilege in schooling. This groundbreaking anthology is the first to pull together both the foundational writings in the field and more recent scholarship on the cultural and racial politics of schooling. A comprehensive introduction provides an overview of the history and tenets of CRT in education. Each section then seeks to explicate ideological contestation of race in education and to create new, alternative accounts. In so doing, this landmark publication not only documents the progress to date of the CRT movement, it acts to further spur developments in education.


"In this comprehensive anthology, Taylor, Gillborn, and Ladson-Billings bring together the early legal writings which gave birth to Critical Race Theory alongside educational research that has attempted to incorporate, deepen, and reinvent that tradition. Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education offers an intertextual history as it takes us from the courtroom to the classroom. Indeed, it allows us to more fully understand educational debates around race, inequality, and power as part of a longer trajectory of struggle. Scholars and activists concerned about the racial and cultural politics of schooling will quickly embrace this grounded and groundbreaking book."–Kristen L. Buras, Assistant Professor of Multicultural Urban Education and Reform, Division of Educational Studies, Emory University

"Not only were the selections right on for their content and substance but the choices made clearly set educators in a direction for a serious application of CRT as an important research paradigm for education policy and practice."–Adult Education Quarterly

Table of Contents



Part One: Critical Race Theory in Education

1. Just What Is Critical Race Theory and What’s It Doing in a Nice Field Like Education? Gloria Ladson-Billings

2. Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory? Derrick Bell

3. Education Policy as an Act of White Supremacy: Whiteness, Critical Race Theory, and Education Reform, David Gillborn

Part Two: History and evolution

4. Brown v. Board of Education and the Interest Convergence Dilemma, Derrick Bell

5. Desegregation as a Cold War Imperative, Mary L. Dudziak

Part Three: Affirmative Action

6. The "We’ve Done Enough" Theory of School Desegration, Mark v. Tushnet

7. Affirmative Action as a Majoritarian Device: Or, Do You Really Want to Be a Role Model? Richard Delgado

8. Critical Race Theory and Interest Convergence in the Backlash Against Affirmative Action: Washington State and Initiative 200, Edward Taylor

Part Four: Critical Race Research Methology in Education

9. Critical Race Methodology: Counter Story-Telling as an Analytical Framework for Educational Research, Daniel G. Solorzano and Tara J. Yosso

10. What’s Race Got to Do With It? Critical Race Theory’s Conflicts With and Connections to Qualitative Research Methodology and Epistemology, Lawrence Parker and Marvin Lynn

Part Five: Race in the Classroom

11. A Threat in the Air: How Stereotypes Shape Intellectual Identity and Performance, Claude M. Steele

12. Peer Networks of African American Students in Independent Schools: Affirming Academic Success and Racial Identity, Amanda Datnow and Robert Cooper

Part Six: Intersections: Gender, Class, and Culture

13. Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

14. Ain’t I a Woman? Revisiting Intersectionality, Avtar Brah and Ann Phoenix

Part Seven: Intersections: White Supremacy and White Allies

15. The Color of Supremacy: Beyond the Discourse of ‘White Privilege’, Zeus Leonardo

16. Teaching White Students About Racism: The Search for Whites Allies and the Restoration of Hope, Beverly Daniel Tatum

Part Eight: Critiques of Critical Race Theory

17. Some Critical Thoughts on Critical Race Theory, Douglas E. Litowitz

18. Telling Stories Out of school: An Essay on Legal Narratives, Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry

19. On Telling Stores in School: A Reply to Farber and Sherry, Richard Delgado

About the Editors

Edward Taylor is Associate Professor in the area of Leadership and Policy Studies and was recently appointed Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Washington.

David Gillborn is Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, and editor of the international journal Race Ethnicity and Education.

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair of Urban Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects