IA Events

Book Launch: 'Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America'

Publication date: Oct 31, 2013 11:22:56 AM

Start: Feb 6, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 6, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


Mark Ledwidge (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Kevern Verney (Edge Hill University) will speak on the book they have co-edited with Inderjeet Parmar (City University), Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America (Routledge 2013)

They discuss how the book examines the historical, cultural and political dimensions of race in the United States, using an interdisciplinary analysis that incorporates approaches from history, political science, and sociology. They also consider the controversial issues addressed in the book, notably whether Obama can be considered an African-American president, whether his presidency actually delivered the kind of deep-rooted racial changes initially prophesied, and whether Obama has abandoned his core African-American constituency in favour of projecting a race-neutral approach designed to maintain centrist support.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.