Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s

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Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s

Michael Omi

2ndPublisher: RoutledgeFormat: Paperback

First published in 1986, “Racial Formation in the United States” is considered a classic in the literature on race and ethnicity. Critical of the reductionism and unidimensionality of paradigms through which race had long been understood, the authors developed a new theory that defines race as an “organizing principle” of American society, one that both structures and gives meaning to social action, institutional dynamics, even personal experience. This second edition builds upon and updates Omi and Winant's groundbreaking research. In addition to a preface to the new edition, the book provides a more detailed account of the theory of racial formation processes, and includes material on the historical development of race, the question of racism, race-class-gender interrelationships, and everyday life. A final chapter updates the developments in American racial politics up to the present, focusing on such key events as the 1992 Presidential election, the Los Angeles riots, and the Clinton administration's racial politics and policies.

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