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Yip 1 Stacey Yip Professor Michael Monteon DOC 1: Diversity, Section B02 1 November 2009 Journal 4: Racial Formation (Revised) In “Racial Formation” by Michael Omi and Howard Winant, they tackle the different theories of race in the United States and discuss their own theory called racial formation. Omi and Winant first look back at American history and critique the theories of race from the past. They discuss the “Great Chain of Being,” a hierarchy of power with God at the top and branches into different races. They also explore the theory of essentialism where race has to do with biological characteristics rather than mere physical appearances. Omi and Winant, however, argue that these theories are incomplete. They believe that race is a sociohistorical concept, and should be dealt with separately, apart from class and gender. They use the term “racialization” to explain that racial identifies are produced from “previously racially unclassified relationship[s], social practice[s], or group[s]” (Omi and Winant 48). They advance their argument by providing an in-depth explanation of their theory of racial formation. This concept is based off of two different levels: the micro- and macro-level. The micro-level states that race is about personal identity. The macro-level states that race is how one identifies as a whole in connecting with
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Journal 4 - Yip 1 Stacey Yip Professor Michael Monteon DOC...

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