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Obama's Race: The 2008 Election and the Dream of a Post-Racial America
     

Obama's Race: The 2008 Election and the Dream of a Post-Racial America

by Michael Tesler
 

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ISBN-10: 0226793834

ISBN-13: 9780226793832

Pub. Date: 11/15/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Barack Obama’s presidential victory naturally led people to believe that the United States might finally be moving into a post-racial era. Obama’s Race—and its eye-opening account of the role played by race in the election—paints a dramatically different picture.

The authors argue that the 2008 election was more polarized by racial

Overview

Barack Obama’s presidential victory naturally led people to believe that the United States might finally be moving into a post-racial era. Obama’s Race—and its eye-opening account of the role played by race in the election—paints a dramatically different picture.

The authors argue that the 2008 election was more polarized by racial attitudes than any other presidential election on record—and perhaps more significantly, that there were two sides to this racialization: resentful opposition to and racially liberal support for Obama. As Obama’s campaign was given a boost in the primaries from racial liberals that extended well beyond that usually offered to ideologically similar white candidates, Hillary Clinton lost much of her longstanding support and instead became the preferred candidate of Democratic racial conservatives. Time and again, voters’ racial predispositions trumped their ideological preferences as John McCain—seldom described as conservative in matters of race—became the darling of racial conservatives from both parties. Hard-hitting and sure to be controversial, Obama’s Race will be both praised and criticized—but certainly not ignored.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226793832
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Series:
Chicago Studies in American Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
655,409
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Obama as Post-Racial?

Chapter 1: Background: Race in Presidential Elections

Chapter 2: Racialized Momentum: The Two Sides of Racialization in the Primaries

Chapter 3: The General Election: The Two Sides of Racialization and Short-Term Political Dynamics

Chapter 4: The Spillover of Racialization

Chapter 5: The Racialized Voting Patterns of Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Chapter 6: The Paradox of Gender Traditionalists’ Support for Hillary Clinton

Chapter 7: Beyond Black and White: Obama as “Other”

Chapter 8: Is the Obama Presidency Post-Racial? Evidence from His First Year in Office

Appendix

Notes

References

Index

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