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Post-Racial or Most-Racial?

Race and Politics in the Obama Era
Michael Tesler, Post-Racial or Most-Racial? Race and Politics in the Obama Era, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2016, 272 p., ISBN : 9780226353012.
Notice publiée le 02 septembre 2016

Présentation de l'éditeur

When Barack Obama won the presidency, many posited that we were entering into a post-racial period in American politics. Regrettably, the reality hasn’t lived up to that expectation. Instead, Americans’ political beliefs have become significantlymore polarized by racial considerations than they had been before Obama’s presidency—in spite of his administration’s considerable efforts to neutralize the political impact of race.           

Michael Tesler shows how, in the years that followed the 2008 election—a presidential election more polarized by racial attitudes than any other in modern times—racial considerations have come increasingly to influence many aspects of political decision making. These range from people’s evaluations of prominent politicians and the parties to issues seemingly unrelated to race like assessments of public policy or objective economic conditions. Some people even displayed more positive feelings toward Obama’s dog, Bo, when they were told he belonged to Ted Kennedy. More broadly, Tesler argues that the rapidly intensifying influence of race in American politics is driving the polarizing partisan divide and the vitriolic atmosphere that has come to characterize American politics.

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Michael Tesler

 Michael Tesler is assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, and coauthor of Obama’s Race, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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