Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I wish to thank Jean Stefancic for her inspiration and encouragement; Bonnie Kae Grover for her unflagging research assistance; and Peter Johnson, for technical support during the final stages of this book's production. Special . . .

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xv

In the Native American tradition, to assume the role of Storyteller is to take on a very weighty vocation. The shared life of a people as a community is defined by an intricate web of connections: kinship and blood, marriage and . . .

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Introduction

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pp. xvii-xix

Who is Rodrigo? Where did he come from? And what is a law professor doing writing fiction, anyway? To a large extent, the reader curious about these matters will find answers in the dialogs themselves. The first and second Chronicles, for example, tell . . .

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1 Rodrigo's First Chronicle

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pp. 1-18

"Excuse me, Professor, I'm Rodrigo Crenshaw. I believe we have an appointment." Startled, I put down the book I was reading1 and glanced quickly first at my visitor, then at my desk calendar. The tall, rangy man standing in my . . .

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2 Rodrigo's Second Chronicle: The Economics and Politics of Race

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pp. 19-34

"Rodrigo. My God, you're back!" (Normally, I do not use profanity or take the name of the Lord in vain. But the familiar lanky figure standing in my office doorway had given me quite . . .

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3 Rodrigo's Third Chronicle: Care, Competition, and the Redemptive Tragedy of Race

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pp. 35-57

"Rodrigo, I was just thinking about you." This was not the usual hyperbole busy professors use to flatter their favorite students. Since returning from my talk at the Economics of Race conference, I had been meaning to call . . .

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4 Rodrigo's Fourth Chronicle: Neutrality and Stasis in Antidiscrimination Law

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pp. 58-82

I was in my office late one afternoon, puzzling over how to incorporate certain books addressing the role of courts in protecting minority rights into the next edition of my casebook.* I was getting nowhere when a familiar . . .

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5 Rodrigo's Fifth Chronicle: Civitas, Civil Wrongs, and the Politics of Denial

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pp. 83-105

I was staring glumly out my office window, awaiting the arrival of my secretary with a large stack of bluebooks, when I heard a polite cough at my door. I looked up and saw . . .

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6 Rodrigo's Sixth Chronicle:: Intersections, Essences, and the Dilemma of Social Reform

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pp. 106-134

I was returning to my office from the faculty library one flight below, when I spied a familiar figure hovering outside my door. "Rodrigo!" I said. "It's good to see you. Please come in. You look . . .

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7 Rodrigo's Seventh Chronicle: Race, Democracy, and the State

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pp. 135-163

The familiar voice in my receiver gave me quite a start: "Professor, it's me, Rodrigo Crenshaw. I'm at the corner grocery store just down the block from . . .

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8 Rodrigo's Eighth Chronicle: Black Crime, White Fears—On the Social Construction of Threat

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pp. 164-189

I was staring disconsolately at the flashing light on the vending machine in the student lounge, where I had gone in search of a much-needed late afternoon pick-me-up, when I heard a familiar . . .

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9 Rodrigo's Final Chronicle: Cultural Power, Law Reviews, and the Attack on Narrative Jurisprudence

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pp. 190-211

I was staring disconsolately at the flashing light on the vending machine in the student lounge, where I had gone in search of a much-needed late afternoon pick-me-up, . . .

Notes

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pp. 213-263

Appendixes

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pp. 265-275