The American dream is the pursuit of material and personal success and the idea that anyone can achieve such success. how does widespread belief in the American dream and individualism actually serve as a legitimizing ideology that reinforces socioeconomic barriers? how does this relate to the concepts of social mobility and social reproduction? how do current trends of social mobility in the United States today reflect the social reproduction of socioeconomic classes? the second paper is explain Michael IMO and Howard winants concept of racial formation. How does racial formation theory help sociologists explain the development of racial categories in the USA, including the racialization of so called white ethnicities? what are some of the current and historic social, economic, and politic forces (practices, policies, and/or social norms including representation in media) which contribute to racial formation?