By Carl Gutierrez-Jones

The beating of Rodney King, the killing of Amadou Diallo, and the LAPD Rampart Scandal: those occasions were interpreted by means of the courts, the media and the general public in dramatically conflicting methods. Critical Race Narratives examines what's at stake in those conflicts and, in so doing, rethinks racial strife within the usa as a highly-charged fight over diversified equipment of studying and writing.

Focusing particularly at the perform and theorization of narrative thoughts, Gutiérrez-Jones engages a few of the such a lot influential texts within the fresh race debatesincluding The Bell Curve, the United States in Black and White, The Alchemy of Race and Rights, and The Mismeasure of guy. within the approach, Critical Race Narratives pursues key questions posed by way of the texts as they paintings inside, or opposed to, disciplinary expectancies: can serious engagements with narrative permit a extra democratic discussion concerning race? what promise does such experimentation carry for operating in the course of the stressful legacy of racism within the usa? all through, Critical Race Narratives initiates a well timed discussion among race-focused narrative test in scholarly writing and related paintings in literary texts and well known culture.

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