Critical Race Theory

Adrienne Denise Dixson, Nicola Rollock

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary


Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a body of scholarship steeped in radical activism that seeks to explore and challenge the prevalence of racial inequality in society. Central to CRT is the understanding that race and racism are the product of social thought and power relations. Racism is understood to operate through structures and assumptions that appear normal and unremarkable to most individuals in society. This entry sets out the historic beginnings of CRT, the central tenets of the theory, and key criticisms often leveled against it. Recent developments and movements associated with CRT are also considered.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies
EditorsNancy A Naples
Place of PublicationWest Sussex
ISBN (Electronic)9781118663219
ISBN (Print)9781405196949
StatePublished - Apr 21 2016


  • race and racism
  • whiteness
  • inequality / inequalities
  • intersectionality


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