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Critical Race Theory: The historical context

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the product of a specific geographical history and context. In order to better understand some of its theoretical underpinnings, analyses, and critiques it is necessary to outline the broader historical framework in which CRT developed. In fact, one of the most important points raised by CRT scholars is that context matters, meaning that legal analysis must occur within a certain socio-historical context and should not be based exclusively on abstract, de-contextualised, formalised reasoning. Providing a picture of the broader context in which CRT developed not only serves as useful background information but helps explain the pre-conditions and underlying forces that made this theory and movement emerge.