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Harry J. Elam Jr & Michele Elam

In: The SAGE Handbook of Identities

Chapter 10: Race and Racial Formations

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Race and Racial Formations
Race and racial formations

Race racism is a device. No More. No less. It explains nothing at all … It is simply a means. An invention to justify the rule of some men over others. [But] it also has consequences; once invented it takes on a life, a reality of its own … And it is pointless to pretend that it doesn't exist merely because it is a lie! (Tshembe in Hansberry, 1994: 92)

We should see race as an element of social structure rather than an irregularity within it; we should see race as a dimension of human representation rather than an illusion. These perspectives inform the theoretical approach we call racial formation. (Omi and Winant, 1994: 55)

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