Yes We Can? White Racial Framing and the Obama Presidency, 2nd Edition

Yes We Can? White Racial Framing and the Obama Presidency, 2nd Edition

292 pages
Pages: 296
Hardback ISBN: 978-0-415-64536-2
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-415-64538-6

Adia Harvey Wingfield, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Georgia State University

Joe Feagin, Ella C. McFadden Professor of Sociology
Texas A & M University

The first edition of this book offered one of the first social science analyses of Barack Obama’s historic electoral campaigns and early presidency. In this second edition the authors extend that analysis to Obama’s service in the presidency and to his second campaign to hold that presidency. Elaborating on the concept of the white racial frame, Harvey Wingfield and Feagin assess in detail the ways white racial framing was deployed by the principal characters in the electoral campaigns and during Obama’s presidency. With much relevant data, this book counters many commonsense assumptions about U.S. racial matters, politics, and institutions, particularly the notion that Obama’s presidency ushered in a major post-racial era. Readers will find this fully revised and updated book distinctively valuable because it relies on sound social science analysis to assess numerous events and aspects of this historic campaign.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. White Racial Framing and Barack Obama’s First Campaign
  • Chapter 2. “Too Black?” Or “Not Black Enough?”
  • Chapter 3. From Susan B. Anthony to Hillary Clinton
  • Chapter 4. The Cool Black Man vs. The Fist-Bumping Socialist
  • Chapter 5. The Dr. Jeremiah Wright Controversy
  • Chapter 6. The 2008 Primaries and Voters of Color
  • Chapter 7. November 4, 2008 : A Dramatic Day in U.S. History
  • Chapter 8. “Post-Racial” America?
  • Chapter 9. President Obama’s 2009-2013 Term and the 2011-2012 Primaries
  • Chapter 10. The 2012 National Election
  • Endnotes
  • Index
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