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

Enid Lynette Logan
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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.” In “At this Defining Moment,” Enid Logan 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 on a wealth of empirical data that includes an analysis of over 1,500 newspaper articles, blog postings, and other forms of public speech collected over a 3 year period, Logan claims that while race played a central role in the 2008 election, it was in several respects different from the past. Logan ultimately concludes that while the selection of an individual African American man as president does not mean that racism is dead in the contemporary United States, we must also think creatively and expansively about what the election does mean for the nation and for the evolving contours of race in the 21st century.  

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"The book is filled with insights and should contribute to a more open and honest dialogue about the true state of racial politics in our time."-Political Science Quarterly

"Logan understands not simply the rhetoric used here by politicians but also the impact that such rhetoric has on future elections..the book is best suited for laypeople, political junkies, and those generally interested in the connections between race and politics."-A.R.S. Lorenz,CHOICE

About the Author

Enid Logan is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

Product Details

  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0814752985
  • Publisher: NYU Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P7608E
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, informative perspective on an important topic October 26, 2011
I loved this book. It presents a critically important issue in an understandable way for both the academic and everyday person looking to be informed.

I specifically want to point out chapter 6 in which the author talks about Latinos and Asian-Americans in the election. There is virtually NOTHING written on Latino and Asian-American voters in the 2008 election in the secondary literature. Furthermore, as Logan (the author) points out, the portrayals of these voters of color in the mainstream press during 07/08 were frustratingly one-sided, falsely pitting them again African-Americans, while failing to seriously take into account the key political issues that were of importance to them, during both the primary and the general election.

Logan's use of the concept of "racial triangulation," borrowed from scholar Claire Jean Kim, is particular helpful in making sense of ways that Latino and Asian American voters were configured in the wider discourse of the election.

A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read November 5, 2011
By SMarieJ
Format:Kindle Edition
I was skeptical at first. My reading list consists of a lot of fiction. Though I was interested in the subject matter and wanted to learn more I was not sure if this book would hold my attention. It actually left me wanting to read more. Very insightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Insightful piece of work! October 3, 2011
Logan's book provides an excellent analysis of the overt and covert politics in race in the Obama presidential candidacy and raises some important issues and questions about the future of race in the US. Overall, I find the work to be both interesting and well written. Professor Logan's writing style is clear, engaging, and accessible. I believe scholars, students, news media and "everyday" people interested in political issues, will appreciate the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At this defining moment... October 17, 2011
This brilliant analysis comes at an opportune time in our nation's history. The author is insightful and an excellent writer. I would suggest this one to any among my family and friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read it! October 15, 2011
Such an interesting, inspired, impassioned book! I first borrowed it but then had to buy my own. I recommend it highly!
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