Rhetoric, identity and the Obama racial phenomenon: exploring Obama’s title as the “first black president”

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dc.contributor.advisor Ballard-Reisch, Deborah
dc.contributor.author Cole, Krystal S.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-07T20:52:08Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-07T20:52:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-05
dc.identifier.other t10006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/3297
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Elliott School of Communication. en
dc.description.abstract In 2008, a nearly 200 year U.S. historical precedent was overturned when Barack Obama was named the “first Black president.” Although Obama is of mixed heritage, he adopted an almost singularly Black identity and has long been characterized by the media as Black. This study is concerned with the role that society and Obama’s acceptance of the title play in identifying and portraying him as the “first Black president.” This study compares Barack Obama’s self-portrayal in his book, Dreams from my Father, to mainstream and Black media portrayals of his race. Results track Obama’s self portrayal as Black, mainstream media’s sensemaking of his classification as the “first Black president” and Black media’s unquestioned acceptance of the classification. en
dc.format.extent vii, 68 p. en
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dc.format.extent 1843 bytes
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Wichita State University en
dc.rights Copyright Krystal Cole, 2010. All rights reserved en
dc.subject.lcsh Electronic dissertations en
dc.title Rhetoric, identity and the Obama racial phenomenon: exploring Obama’s title as the “first black president” en
dc.type Thesis en

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