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  • Concept from critical race theory applied in legal analysis to address cases of discrimination, hate crimes & oppression (Delgado & Stefancic, 2001).

    • Storytelling/counterstorytelling and "naming one's own reality"

    • Structural determinism, how "the structure of legal thought or culture influences its content"

    • The intersections of race, sex & class

  • Noted scholars include Derrick Bell & Gloria LadsonBillings

  • Master narratives are powerful, enduring stories explain human behavior or cultural phenomenon that are commonly accepted as fundamental truths without question or need for further evidence.

  • Counter narratives are stories that contradict that master narrative

    • Its speakers are usually persecuted, alienated and/or silenced by communities in order to preserve the sanctity of the master narrative.

  • Not all master narratives are bad or wrong

    • Some are important to the preservation of a functional society and healthy organization.

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