Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss reviewed Serena Mayeri’s Reasoning from Race on Dicta. Dicta is a project of the Texas Law Review and, according to its website, “Dicta, at its simplest, is a place to share thoughts, reactions, and recommendations on legal books. The site features short and accessible pieces covering any and all recently published books that are of interest to the legal academy.” According to Inniss, Reasoning from Race is a great read for those interested in the history of feminist legal strategy and in the ways that the feminist movement deployed legal approaches from the the Civil Rights movement. She writes that “Reasoning from Race is about how feminist legal theorists incorporated into the “woman question” legal theories drawn from the black (formerly, the Negro) question,” and that the book “makes manifest that race and sex remain inexorably linked and that together they help to form the basis of what one commentator has called a “perspectivist aesthetic.” Inniss states, in conclusion, that “Mayeri succeeds admirably in addressing the diverse but closely allied strands of legal strategizing about feminism premised on race.”
See, Lolita Buckner Inniss, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution, Texas Law Review Dicta (2011), http://www.texaslrev.com/sites/default/files/Inniss.pdf.