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    Rebranding America: race, religion, and nation in Obama’s social justice rhetoric

    Hartnell, Anna (2012) Rebranding America: race, religion, and nation in Obama’s social justice rhetoric. Comparative American Studies 10 (2/3), pp. 142-153. ISSN 1477-5700.

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    Abstract

    Mobilizing Michael Hanchard’s important distinction between ‘black memory’ and ‘state memory’, this article explores the extent to which Obama’s social justice rhetoric subordinates Civil Rights memory to the needs of state memory. I suggest that Obama’s attempt to mobilize Civil Rights memory as a vehicle for his election campaign and as a symbol for America not only threatens its domestication but also defies the post-Civil Rights racist backlash which viewed the movement as a way of re-fashioning the federal government as an agent for black interests.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Obama, America, race, civil rights movement, social justice
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Research Centre: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 09:17
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:37
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9309

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