Race, Law, and Culture

Race, Law, and Culture : Reflections on Brown v. Board of Education

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More than forty years after Brown v. Board of Education put an end to segregation of the races by law, current debates about affirmative action, multiculturalism, and racial hate speech reveal persistent uncertainty about the meaning of race in American culture and the role of law in guaranteeing racial equality. This book takes the continuing controversy about race as an invitation to revisit Brown. The essays collected here are diverse in their perspectives and lively in their presentation. Taken togther, they provide a fresh look at Brown as well as the way it is implicated in America's contemporary uncertainties about race.show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 157.2 x 233.7 x 20.1mm | 442.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195106229
  • 9780195106220

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"[This book's] rigorous but still snappy essays provide a multitude of fresh insights. Reading these reflections on Brown will cause any reader--legally trained or not--to think in new ways about thecrucial question of how much we want our law to mirror our complicated society."--Avaim Soifer, Dean and Professor of Law at Boston College Law School and author of Law and the Company We Keep"In Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation by race unconstitutional, and thereby put an end to the long sorry history of national tolerance for America's official caste system. But the lessons it teaches, as the remarkable essays collected in Race, Law and Culture reveal, are cloudy and ambiguous, though still profoundly divisive.... Race, Law, and Culture contains some of the most powerful and original reassessments of Brown and its legacies to appear in recent years. By placing the Brown case both in the perspective of its own time and ours, the contributors help us understand what a great divide separates us from the vision of racial harmony of the 1950s."--Robert W. Gordon, Yale University..".This book provides not only some excellent and rich essays, but a wonderful experiment in applying an essentially apolitical literary theory to an intensiely political concern."--Law and Politics Book Review..".clear concise, and thoughtful essays that ought to be read by anyone with an interest in the book's subject."--Choiceshow more

About Austin Sarat

Austin Sarat is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, and Chair of the Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. He has co-authored many previous works on law, including The Rhetoric of Law, Law's Violence, and Divorce Lawyersand Their Clients.show more