What's Wrong with Our Talk About Race? On History, Particularity, and Affirmative Action
James Boyd White
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Law School
Michigan Law Review, Vol. 100, no. 7 (2002): 1927-53
One of the striking and original achievements of the Michigan Law Review in its first century was the publication in 1989 of a Symposium entitled Legal Storytelling. Organized by the remarkable editor-in-chief, Kevin Kennedy - who tragically died not long after his graduation - the Symposium not only brought an important topic to the forefront of legal thinking, it did so in an extraordinarily interesting way. For this was not a mere collection of papers; the authors met in small editorial groups to discuss their work in detail, and as a result the whole project has a remarkable coherence and depth. In this Essay I shall build on the idea of that Symposium, but do so in a rather different way from any of those who wrote for it.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: narrative, race, legal storytelling, affirmative action, history
JEL Classification: K00Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 23, 2014
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