Knowledge for Justice: An Ethnic Studies Reader is a joint publication of UCLA’s four ethnic studies research centers (American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and African American Studies) and their administrative organization, the Institute of American Cultures. This book is premised on the assumption articulated by Johnnella Butler that ethnic studies is an essential and valuable course of study and follows an intersectional approach in organizing the articles.
The book is divided into five sections—Legacies at Fifty; Formations and Ways of Being; Gender and Sexuality; Arts and Cultural Production; and Social Movements, Justice, and Politics—with each center contributing one or more articles or book chapters to each. In focusing on the intersectional intellectual, social, and political struggles that confront all of the groups represented in this anthology, the selections nonetheless articulate the specificity of each racial ethnic group’s struggle while simultaneously interrogating the ways in which such labels or categories are inadequate. The editors selected articles that not only address intersectional issues confronting various ethnic constituencies but also complicate the categories of representation that undergird such a project.