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ERIC Number: EJ1165359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 48
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
"A Bright Future" for "Something New and Highly Significant" or a Bit of a Damp Squib?: (Neo-) Marxist Reflections on Recent Theoretical Developments in "Britcrit" in the Journal "Race, Ethnicity and Education"
Cole, Mike
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v15 n3 p57-104 Dec 2017
Critical Race Theory (CRT) has a relatively long history in the United States, from where it originated, dating back to the 1980s. Its presence in UK academic literature, however, is more recent, having surfaced in the first decade of the twenty-first century. I focus in this paper on developments in CRT in the UK from January 2012 to January 2018, as part of an ongoing attempt to evaluate CRT from a (neo-) Marxist perspective. My argument is that while "BritCrit" analysis employs (a limited number of) CRT concepts, there is a clear tendency for UK-based Critical Race Theorists to deploy a range of other theoretical perspectives, including Marxism. Thus, a distinctively British CRT has failed to take off in the way its founders had hoped. I speculate that this may well be related to CRT's inability to theorise the multifarious nature of racism in the UK, specifically those forms of racism that are either non-colour-coded or hybridist.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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