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"At This Defining Moment": Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race

Enid Lynette Logan


In January 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States. In the weeks and months following the election, as in those that preceded it, countless social observers from across the ideological spectrum commented upon the cultural, social, and political significance of “the Obama phenomenon.” This book provides a nuanced analysis framed by innovative theoretical insights to explore how Barack Obama's presidential candidacy both reflected and shaped the dynamics of race in the contemporary United States. Using the 2008 election as a case study of U.S. race relations, and based ... More

Keywords: Barack Obama, U.S. president, Obama phenomenon, presidential candidacy, U.S. race relations, 2008 election, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814752975
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Enid Lynette Logan, author