Racial Formation Categories

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Appendix E

Part I

Define the following terms:

|Term |Definition | |Racial formation |Racial Formation is an analytical tool in sociology, developed by Michael Omi and Howard Winant, | | |which is used to look at race as a socially constructed identity, where the content and importance | | |of racial categories is determined by social, economic, and political forces. | |Segregation |The enforced separation of different racial groups in a country, community, or establishment. | |De jure segregation |segregation that is imposed by law | |Pluralism |A form of society in which minority groups maintain their independent cultural traditions. | |Assimilation |the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a| | |larger national family. |

Part II

Answer the following questions in 150 to 350 words each:

Throughout most of U.S. history in most locations, what race has been the majority? What is the common ancestral background of most members of this group?

The white race has been the majority race in most locations throughout history in the United States. It is still the majority race in this country today. Most members of this group share German ancestry. The second is Irish and the third is English. This makes sense to me because it seems like most of the time when you ask what country someones ancestors came from they usually say German, Irish, or both. At least for me those are the answers I have got the most from people....
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