One way to avoid this analytic impasse is to return to the more basic task of theorizing race itself. Having built an important body of findings based on composition measures, perhaps it is time to reflect on what different theoretical traditions can tell us and how they might move the field forward. In this paper, we do so by returning to the core questions of how race should be conceptualized and how race relations should matter for policy design and implementation. Drawing on constructivist theories, we suggest that greater attention should be paid to the organized field of race relations and the ways that racial groups are positioned vis-à-vis one another and dominant societal institutions.
From Soss, J., & Bruch, S.K. (2008, August). Marginalization Matters: Rethinking Race in the Analysis of State Politics and Policy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA.