Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America

Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America

by Lori A. Barker


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On the evening of November 4, 2008, as news of Barack Obama's presidential victory spread, television footage depicted the emotional reactions of people across the country and the globe. As Obama gave his acceptance speech in Grant Park that night, the camera focused on those in the audience who were overjoyed, tears streaming down their faces. People cheered. Spontaneous and joyful celebrations broke out in the streets. Change had finally come.

Analysts describe Barack Obama's success as "unheard of"—a meteoric rise—leaving many in the elite political circles astonished at what he had accomplished in his campaign. With his success, many questions arose: How was a junior senator from Chicago able to do this? Why does he evoke such strong reactions? What cultural shifts took place in American society for this to happen? Do we now live in a post-racial society, and what will this mean for the next generation?

In Obama on Our Minds, Lori A. Barker leads a team of expert multicultural theorists and researchers studying racism, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, and immigration to answer these questions and analyze the enormous impact of this groundbreaking event in our nation's history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199390618
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lori A. Barker is a professor in the Psychology and Sociology Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Barker received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and is also a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Riverside, California. Her primary area of interest is multicultural psychology.

Table of Contents


Section I: Obama and Key Concepts in Multicultural Psychology

Chapter 1: Presidents, Prototypes, and Stereotypes, Oh My! Understanding the Psychological Impact of Obama
Lori A. Barker

Chapter 2: The Struggle for Identity Congruence in an Obama White House
Thomas A. Parham

Chapter 3: Academic Success of Black Americans: Stereotype Threat in the Era of Obama
Brian E. Armenta and Carey S. Ryan

Chapter 4: Teaching for Change: Post-racial or a Different Kind of Racism?
Jeffrey Scott Mio

Chapter 5: Changing the Course of Race Relations in America: From Prevention of Discrimination to Promotion of Racial Equality
John F. Dovidio

Chapter 6: The Obama Effect on Racial Attitudes: A Review of the Research
Curtis A. Thompson and Lori A. Barker

Section II: Obama's Impact on Diverse Populations

Chapter 7: (Mixed) Race to the White House
Christine C. Iijima Hall

Chapter 8: Race, Masculinity, and Gendered Racism: President Obama's Influence on Black Men
Christopher T.H. Liang, Carin Molenaar, and Shalena Heard

Chapter 9: Barack Obama and the LGBT Community: A Rocky Path to Real Progress and Ongoing Hopes for the Future
Laurie A. Roades

Chapter 10: New Hope for Immigrants in the Obama Era
Patricia Arredondo

Chapter 11: Has Change Come to America? College Student Attitudes Toward Obama's Presidency
Andrea Aoun, Blake D. Daryaie, and Lori A. Barker

Chapter 12: The Obama Marriage: A Model for Moving Forward the 'Stalled Revolution'
Donna L. Franklin

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