Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics
By (author) Paul Street
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Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics by Paul Street
Book DescriptionMany Americans believe Barak Obama represents a hopeful future for America. But does he also reflect the American politics of the past? This book offers the broadest and best-informed understanding on the meaning of the "Obama phenomenon" to date. Paul Street was on the ground throughout the Iowa campaign, and his stories of the rising Obama phenomenon are poignant. Yet the author's background in American political history allows him to explore the deeper meanings of Obama's remarkable political career. He looks at Obama in relation to contemporary issues of class, race, war, and empire. He considers Obama in the context of our nation's political history, with comparisons to FDR, JFK, Bill Clinton, and other leaders. Street finds that the Obama persona, crafted by campaign consultants and filtered through dominant media trends, masks the "change" candidate's adherence to long-prevailing power structures and party doctrines. He shows how American political culture has produced misperceptions by the electorate of Obama's positions and values. Obama is no magical exception to the narrow-spectrum electoral system and ideological culture that have done so much to define and limit the American political tradition. Yet the author suggests key ways in which Obama potentially advances democratic transformation. Street makes recommendations on how citizens can productively respond to and act upon Obama's influence and the broader historical and social forces that have produced his celebrity and relevance. He also lays out a real agenda for change for the new presidential administration, one that addresses the recent failures of democratic politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781594516313
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Street
They Rule, Paperback (June 2014)
A masterful historical and political analysis, revealing what lies beneath the surface of US society.
Crashing the Tea Party, Paperback (August 2011)
Based on first-hand observation of local Tea Party chapters, undertakes a critical examination of the movement from the national and local level.
Empire's New Clothes, Hardback (September 2010)
Reveals that, after over a year in power, Barack Obama is still beholden to existing dominant domestic and global hierarchies and doctrines.
Empire and Inequality, Paperback (January 2005)» View all books by Paul Street
Shows how 9/11 affected global hierachy and oppression, and how it greatly speeded up trends towards them.
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Author Biography - Paul Street
Paul Street is an urban social policy researcher and teacher in Chicago. He writes regularly for Z Magazine and Black Commentator. His books include Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (2009) and Empire and Inequality (2005).
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