The Urban Review

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 729–745 | Cite as

Efficient Social Justice: How Critical Race Theory Research can Inform Social Movement Strategy Development

  • R. Nicole Johnson-AhorluEmail author


Critical Race Theory (CRT) scholars in Education, like activists, are intent on dismantling racism in education (and society at large), and often do so by engaging the problem of racial injustice through social science research. CRT research creates a wealth of awareness about how racism functions, and as a result, inspires social agency to create a more just society. This conceptual piece explores how CRT research, when joined with the efforts of activists, is even more potent with capacity to realize social justice. In the paper, the tenets of CRT in Education are outlined, and serve as the foundation of a model that reveal how each tenet can shape research designs, that inform decision making in social movement strategy development. The model is inspired by the author’s personal experiences with combining CRT research with social movement strategy development, and is intended to serve as an impetus for increased dialogue about how CRT social science research, particularly in Education, can support activists’ goals to dismantle racism.


Social justice Critical Race Theory Social movements Strategy development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UCLA Center for Policing EquityLos AngelesUnited States

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