Critical essays on Barack Obama : re-affirming the hope, re-vitalizing the dream
- Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (352 pages)
- Rahming, Melvin B.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction: Moving toward the void : the call of the spirit in Obama's writings and career / Melvin B. Rahming
- "In no other nation is my story even possible" : collective narrative, self-narrative, and prosthetic memory in Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance / Albert U. Turner, Jr.
- Barack Obama and the literary dimensions of his writings / James Tar Tsaaior
- Obama, the Nobel laureate of peace : a portrait of the man and his words / Leah Creque-Harris
- Obama's autobiographical writing, critical race theory, and the racializing gaze / Ignacio Lopez-Calvo
- Understanding the young Obama / Kenton Rambsy
- Daring to hope for a post-racial nation / Stephany R. Spaulding
- Barack Obama and the new Black father / R. L'Heureux Lewis and Maria S. Johnson
- Obama's "whiteness" and the politics of recognition : hybridizing white spaces and problematizing Blackness / Emile Lale Demiturk
- Obama and Africa : "race" and reparations / Michael Janis
- Revisiting Obama's proposition of change : a structural perspective / Alexander O. Miller
- Barack Obama's "Blackness" / Brenda Flanagan
- "I'm Lebron, baby" : perceptions, positions, and projections of the presidential election of Barack Obama on African American male identity / Imani Michelle Scott
- What does Barack Obama mean? / Cindy Lutenbacher
- The emperor's new clothes : identifying racism in in Obama's post-racial society / Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.
- On second class citizenry and the othering of President Barack Obama / Tara Miller
- Silent signifin' : the collision of fashion and politics on HBCU college campuses in the wake of the 2008 United States presidential election / Alison Ligon.
This collection of critical essays explores the life and writings of President Barack Obama. The individual essays, written by a diverse body of scholars, examine specific facets of Obama's career - from personal, communal, national and international reactions to his presidential election; to his controversial contributions to the global conversation about race; his impact on popular culture and race relations; his literary, political and philosophical visions; his attitude toward the American constitution; his enactment of new legislation; to the manner in which he attempts to influence American public policy; and to the implications his presidency holds for Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Ranging far beyond the presentation of personal opinions about the Obama Administration, these essays offer scholarly perspectives on Obama's two books, and on his multidimensional efforts to remove the obstacles to equality of opportunity in the United States. They also explore Obama's potential for re-shaping the American social and cultural terrain and, by extension, for re-vitalizing the American Dream. This book should be of interest to scholars of political science, literature, history, philosophy, religion and psycho-culture as well as to the general reading public.
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