'A tradition in ceaseless motion': Critical Race Theory and black British intellectual spaces

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Abstract

In the USA, where Critical Race Theory (CRT) first emerged, black public intellectuals are a longstanding, if embattled, feature of national life. However, while often marginalized in public debate, the UK has its own robust tradition of black intellectual creation. The field of education, both as a site of intellectual production and as the site of political struggle for black communities, is one of the significant fields in which black British intellectual positions have been defined and differentiated. This article argues that the transfer of CRT to the UK context should be understood within this broader context of black British intellectual production. Through a critical examination of race conscious scholarship and the diverse literature produced in the UK since the 1960s, this article identifies some of the dimensions of education that have been scrutinized by black British intellectuals. In doing so, it directs attention to questions being generated by the transfer of CRT to the UK and to the local materials on which those using CRT might draw, in order to build a historically grounded base for the development of CRT in the UK.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-21
Number of pages17
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

Keywords

  • black intellectuals, black British history, Critical Race Theory, public intellectuals