Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Science by Jennifer Ferretti

Photography by Jennifer Ferretti

Photography by Jennifer Ferretti

Super excited (and a little intimidated) to say I’m working on a chapter with two other co-authors for a book that is focused on Critical Race Theory (CRT) in library and information science.

From Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Delgado and Stefancic:

“The critical race theory (CRT) movement is a collection of activists and scholars engaged in studying and transforming the relationship among race, racism, and power. The movement considers many of the same issues that conventional civil rights and ethnic studies discourses take up but places them in a broader perspective that includes economics, history, setting, group and self-interest, and emotions and the unconscious. Unlike traditional civil rights discourse, which stresses incrementalism and step-by-step progress, critical race theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law.”

Scholars important to CRT include Derrick Bell, Patricia Williams, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Mari Matsuda.

We hope to explore the ways in which neutrality and vocational awe intersect and affect both librarian communities and patron communities. The tenet we’re focusing on for this is critique of liberalism.