Integrating Critical Race Theory and Postmodernism: Implications of Race, Class, and Gender

Christopher J. Schneider, Northeastern Illinois University

ABSTRACT
The purpose of my paper is to indicate how critical race theory can be more fruitfully informed through a postmodern analysis. I will provide a brief explanation of critical race theory and postmodern fundamentals. The focus will be upon petit apartheid in addition to psychoanalytic semiotics and chaos theory. I shall then integrate the aforementioned perspectives with the intersectional nature of race, class, and gender. I will draw from four dominant texts within the discipline of critical race theory: Matsuda, Lawrence III,Delgado, and Crenshaw, Words That Wound (1993); Russell, The Color of Crime (1998); Milovanovic and Russell, Petit Apartheir (2001); and Delgado and Delgado and Stefancic, Critical Race theory (2001).

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