In the article “Racial Formations”, Omi and Winant explained race using the theory of
racial formation where they show how race was created and influenced by society, while in the
article “The Social Construction of Race”, Lopez affirms that racial fabrication was created by
the use of human hands.
Beginning with Omi and Winant article “Racial Formation” theory, it’sa social historical
concept, which means because society constructed race, it changes overtime. Also, was
created by powerful forces such as social, political and economical. As an examplethey talk
about Phipps case; A woman descendant of a white and black parents , who tried to change her
“black status” in her birth certificate at court case, but unfortunately ended up loosingit, and
by that example we can see the influence of racial formation in society.
Second, at Lopez article, “ The Social Construction of Race” theory, race is something that
was alsocreated by society, not powerful forces but people. It’s plastic, which means, something
that is man made so you can shape it the way you like it, and also it changes quickly because
of thefact that we were the ones that created race. As an example he mentions both him and his
brother’s situation where they were both born by the same parents( a Latino mom and an Irish
dad), and, infact he considers himself a Latino his brother considered himself a transparent ,
As all of them say race was created by society, in fact, Omi andWinant think it was
constructed by powerful forces, such as economical , political and social, while Lopez thinks
race is plastic, something man made , so we can shape it the way we want it.Also Lopez thinks
race is not a main important thing , for him there are also other things that it really matters, such
as gender, class and sexuality, while for Omi and Winant race is in...
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