Origins of and Connections to Social Justice in Critical Race Theory in Education

Authored by: Thandeka K. Chapman

Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415899956
eBook ISBN: 9780203155721
Adobe ISBN: 9781136581410


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After sending the editors my abstract, I struggled to begin this chapter. I was overwhelmed by the numbers of ERIC articles using “social justice and education” as key words, and underwhelmed by articles using “social justice and critical race theory.” The bulk of these 3,000-plus articles merely referenced the term in their conclusions when making suggestions for future work or to assert the need for social justice. I could not find the foothold I was seeking in the literature. Perhaps my struggle was also because I was misinterpreting the connection between critical race theory (CRT) and social justice. I was looking for enactments of activism, rather than the deeply embedded understanding of how critical race theorists assert social justice through their works in the academy.

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