SOCI-148-01 Barack Obama and Race
Fall for 2016-2017
This course will examine the social significance, political implications, cultural meanings and racial consequences of the rise, election and governing of President Barack Obama. We will examine the existential and social conditions in which Obama emerged as a figure in American life. We will also probe the political dimensions of Obama’s rise as a politician and his election and governance as president. We will also engage the cultural meanings of Obama’s political journey and personal sojourn, and explore their impact on the broader American society. Finally we will most especially grapple with the contested racial meanings and the racial consequences of Obama’s presence in American social and political life.
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