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Critique Humanities Law/Legal Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Notes toward Racial and Gender Justice Ally Practice in Legal Academia

By Dean Spade, 2012

The many ways that academia generally and legal academia specifically produce and reproduce hierarchical norms and standards of race, gender, sexuality, ability and class have been explored in the articles in this volume and many oth- ers. Because the university is both a location of the production of knowledge that is often central to sexist, racist, capitalist, and imperialist regimes of practices and a place where structures of laboring are articulated through these forces, what does it mean to practice ally politics in the university, and specifically, in the law school? Race and gender norms in academia produce structural barriers for women and trans people of color in hiring and promotion

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