Racial Formation in the United States.docx - Racial Formation in the United States From the 1960s to the 1990s By Michael Omi and Howard Winant

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Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s By Michael Omi and Howard Winant Notes/Study Guide Setting the stage for Racial Formation They argue that from the very inception of the United States, race has been a profound determinant of one’s political rights, one’s location in the labor market, and indeed even one’s sense of identity. In explicating their theory of racial formation, they do so through three main ways. 1. They consider and critique other theories of race in the US 2. They advance an alternative conception based in the concept of racial formation. 3. They apply the racial formation approach to focus on understanding post-WWII US history and politics. According to Omi and Winant most racial theory fails to capture the centrality of race in American politics and American life as the theoretical work on race has not fully grasped he is shifting nature of racial dynamics in the postwar US. They argue other theories of race, those that
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