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38 - The Racial State in the Age of Racial Formation Theory and Beyond

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Since its first publication in 1986, Racial Formation in the United States by Michael Omi and Howard Winant has been arguably the most important theoretical text on race in sociology. In some real sense, the three decades between the first and the third editions were the age of racial formation theory. Over 12,000 citations ago, however, the book’s initial reception in the discipline was less than auspicious. Reviews in sociology journals were few and mixed (Driver 1988; Gordon 1989; Nagel 1988), but more than anything, disinterest prevailed.

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