Civil Rights in American Law, History, and Politics

Civil Rights in American Law, History, and Politics

by Austin Sarat

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Civil Rights in the American Story charts the ambiguous and contested meanings of civil rights in law and culture and confronts a variety of important questions about race in contemporary America. How important is civil rights in America's story of possibility and change? How has it transformed the very meaning of citizenship and identity in American culture? Why does the subject of race continue to haunt the American imagination and continue to play such a large role in political and legal debates? Do affirmative action and multiculturalism promise a way out of racial polarization, or do they sharpen and deepen it? Are there new and better ways to frame our commitment to equal justice? This book brings together the work of five distinguished scholars to critically assess the place of civil rights in the American story. It offers different ways of talking about civil rights and different frames through which we can address issues of civil rights in the future.

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ISBN-13: 9781139904940
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/13/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence Political Science at Amherst College, Massachusetts and Justice Hugo L. Black Senior Faculty Scholar at the University of Alabama School of Law. He is author or editor of more than eighty books, including The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States; The Killing State: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics, and Culture; When the State Kills: Capital Punishment and the American Condition; The Cultural Lives of Capital Punishment: Comparative Perspectives; Law, Violence, and the Possibility of Justice; Pain, Death, and the Law; Mercy on Trial: What it Means to Stop an Execution; When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice; and the two-volume Capital Punishment. Sarat is editor of the journal Law, Culture and the Humanities and Studies in Law, Politics and Society. He is currently writing a book entitled Hollywood's Law: Film, Fatherhood, and the Legal Imagination. His book, When Government Breaks the Law: Prosecuting the Bush Administration, was recognized as one of the best books of 2010 by the Huffington Post. In May 2008 Providence College, Rhode Island awarded Sarat with an honorary degree in recognition of his pioneering work in the development of legal study in the liberal arts and his distinguished scholarship on capital punishment in the United States.

Table of Contents

1. Race law cases in the American story Devon W. Carbado and Rachel Moran; 2. Commentary: race law cases in the American story: Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl Grace Lee; 3. Race is evidence: (mis)characterizing blackness in the American civil rights story Montré D. Carodine; 4. Montré D. Carodine's race is evidence of parenting in America: another civil rights story Tanya Asim Cooper; 5. Blurring the color-blind line: eroding the dichotomy between color blindness and color consciousness in civil rights in the American story Mark Brilliant; 6. What line? Fredrick Vars; 7. Reframing the civil rights narrative: from compliance to collective impact Susan Sturm; 8. Susan Sturm's reframing the civil rights narrative: from compliance to collective impact Steven Hobbs; 9. Civil rights and the myth of moral progress Richard Thompson Ford; 10. The best time of your life: reflections on the myth of moral progress and the continuing evolution of civil rights law Ronald Krotoszynski.

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