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Incidental Racialization: Performative Assimilation in Law School
by Yung-Yi Diana Pan
Temple University Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-1-4399-1386-4 | Cloth: 978-1-4399-1384-0 | Paper: 978-1-4399-1385-7
Library of Congress Classification KF287.P36 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 340.071173


Despite the growing number ofAsian American and Latino/a law students, many panethnic students still feel as if they do not belong in this elite microcosm, which reflects the racial inequalities in mainstream American society. While in law school, these students—often from immigrant families, and often the first to go to college—have to fight against racialized and gendered stereotypes. In Incidental Racialization, Diana Pan rigorously explores how systemic inequalities are produced and sustained in law schools

Through interviews with more than 100 law students and participant observations at two law schools, Pan examines how racialization happens alongside professional socialization. She investigates how panethnic students negotiate their identities, race, and gender in an institutional context. She also considers how their lived experiences factor into their student organization association choices and career paths. 

Incidental Racialization sheds light on how race operates in a law school setting for both students of color and in the minds of white students. It also provides broader insights regarding racial inequalities in society in general.

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