By Daniel Martinez HoSang

About Daniel Martinez HoSang

Daniel Martinez HoSang is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Political Science at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California.

Racialization

In contrast to keywords such as “race” and “racist,” “racialization” is relatively new to American studies and cultural studies. The term has a diverse lineage but is most often associated with the work of Michael Omi and Howard Winant (1986/1994), who helped make the concept of racialization a central analytic within both fields. Omi and Winant utilize the term to “signify the extension of racial meaning to a previously racially unclassified relationship, social practice or group. Racialization is an ideological process, an historically specific one” (64). In contrast to static understandings of race as a universal category of analysis, racialization names a process that produces race within particular social and political conjunctures. That process constructs or represents race by fixing the significance of a “relationship, practice or group” within a broader interpretive framework. Working within this paradigm, scholars have investigated processes and practices of racialization across a wide range of …

Embodiments, Ideologies, Power
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