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

Christopher J. Schneider, Northeastern Illinois University

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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