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"At This Defining Moment"Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race$
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Enid Lynette Logan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814752975

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.001.0001

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Contesting Gender and Race in the 2008 Democratic Primary

Contesting Gender and Race in the 2008 Democratic Primary

(p.51) 4 Contesting Gender and Race in the 2008 Democratic Primary
"At This Defining Moment"

Enid Logan

NYU Press

This chapter discusses how race and gender figured into the democratic primary by relying on evidence from print and online media, as well as quotes from a set of in-depth interviews with college students in the weeks preceding the election. Fervent, often angry debates about race and gender demonstrate that despite decades of discussion about multiculturalism and inclusiveness, conceptions of “womanhood” remained tied to notions of whiteness. The latter part of the chapter reviews the roles that race and gender played in the outcome of the primary. In order to make sense of how race and gender played out in the 2008 primary, one must consider the specific ways that Hillary Clinton and Obama positioned themselves in relationship to the social constructs that defined their candidacies.

Keywords:   race, gender, 2008 Democratic Primary, multiculturalism, womanhood, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, whiteness

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