ERIC Number: EJ1025400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Beyond Post-Racial Narratives: Barack Obama and the (Re)shaping of Racial Memory in US Schools and Society
Smith, William L.; Brown, Anthony L.
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v17 n2 p153-175 2014
Drawing from the work of "cultural memory" and "racial formation theory" (Omi and Winant 1994) we explore the ascension of Barack Obama as an illustration of how "race" is understood and remembered. This article focuses on the public media discourse of the 2012 Obama re-election to illustrate how the narrative morphed racially from 2008 to 2012. Our findings suggest that the public discourse about ascension and re-election of Barack Obama drew from racial and post-racial narratives to describe his re-election. We contend that attention given to the public construction of Barack Obama in the present is vitally important to how the narrative arc of "race" in the US will be understood in schools and society.
Descriptors: Presidents, Race, Racial Attitudes, Elections, Mass Media, Discourse Analysis, United States History, Politics, Inferences, News Reporting, Demography
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