Critical Race Narratives
A Study of Race, Rhetoric and Injury
The beating of Rodney King, the killing of Amadou Diallo, and the LAPD Rampart Scandal: these events have been interpreted by the courts, the media and the public in dramatically conflicting ways.
Focusing in particular on the practice and theorization of narrative strategies, Gutierrez-Jones engages many of the most influential texts in the recent race debates
"An engaging and fascinating book. In a surprising and unexpected fashion, Carl Gutierrez-Jones shows how narrative fictions become social facts, and how 'raced ways of knowing' secretly shape how we make sense of our shared social life."
—George Lipsitz, author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness
"In its own rhetorical practices as well as its prescriptions, his book makes a powerful case for why not only John Rechy's migrants need 'alternative stories to engage their imagination and critical facilities,' but why the socially and economically privileged do too. It's an impressive display."
"Mining the proliferation of discourses of racial injury in US popular culture, law, and academics, Carl Gutierrez-Jones offers an interdisciplinary tour de force that challenges readers to rethink nearly every model for analyzing race used today. Emerging when formal politics in the US have been wholly kidnapped by the far Right,
Critical Race Narrativeshas arrived just in time.”
—Robyn Wiegman, Duke University, author of American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender