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Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s (Critical Social Thought) 2nd Edition

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Authors Omi... and Winant... explore how concepts of race are created and changd. This scholarly must-read provides a conceptual structure within whihc we may deal with issues involving race..
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[An] interesting and critical work . . . The authors assert that `the rearticulation of racial ideology' began in the 1970s and has reached its maturity in the 1980s. The sources for this rearticulation are the far right, the new right, and neoconservatism. How this new transformation will be contested `remains open.' A provocative book.
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  • Series: Critical Social Thought
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (March 24, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415908647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415908641
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Picking up mid-stream, in what can only be called America's sublimated and unacknowledged dialectic racial wars, these authors use the struggles of the 1960s as a backdrop for exploring and then extrapolating racial issues into the future. With it, and an analysis based on a Gramsci model of hegemony, they have greatly enriched the vocabulary for trans-racial discourse.

Importantly, and borrowing from the field of social criticism, they introduce the notion of a "racial project," a more or less tribal mechanism for advancing group motivated racial interests. And in doing so, they greatly clarify many ideas about racial thinking that had previously been overlooked or remained dormant or inaccessible to the lay mind. With skillful use of this and related concepts, these authors are able to open up new spaces for a much expanded dialogue on race, one that slowly begins to pull away the barely hidden veil (in the subtext of our collective complicity) that maintains a blind eye to the role "being white" plays in defending the hierarchy and the prerogatives of the "white racial project."

Their main theoretical concern here is with social meanings and with attaining a true sense of social balance: the way we understand, explain, and behave with racial justice and empathy within U.S. society. Their innovation is to frame the dialectic of race as an exercise in negotiating between competing "racial projects," each of which comes to us with their own sets of foundational assumptions and their own behavioral repertoire, and with their own implicit hierarchies. The whole contraption, when taken together, is coterminous with U.S. society.

Thus, those who are either born into U.S.
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By I.D.M. on October 9, 2014
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A must read for anyone who is interested in Critical Race Theories.
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This is an amazing book. A must read for anyone interested in race theory. Omi and Winant are very insightful authors.
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I got racial formation in the US: from 1960 to 1980. A significantly different version of the book. The picture is completely different from the book i got as well as the title! 10 yrs are excluded from the original one that i got. Frustrating.
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