Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Race and the Obama PhenomenonThe Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

G. Reginald Daniel and Hettie V. Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460216

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 22 June 2021

The “Outsider” and the Presidency

The “Outsider” and the Presidency

Mediated Representations of Race and Gender in the 2008 Presidential Primaries

(p.201) 10. The “Outsider” and the Presidency
Race and the Obama Phenomenon

Tessa Ditonto

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues that questions of identity for Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton were particularly prevalent in the media in the 2008 Presidential primaries. This was attributable to the exceptional nature of a contest in which, for the first time, either a member of a racial minority group or a woman was assured to win their party’s nomination. That candidate was also thought to have a real chance of winning the general election. Beneath alternately scathing and glowing editorials, analyses of policy positions, and even articles focused only explicitly on the “horse race”—i.e., which candidate is winning, and where—were questions of identity, advocacy, and each candidate’s ability to legitimately represent the interests of the various groups whose votes they hoped to win.

Keywords:   Barack Obama, Race, Gender, Hillary Clinton, Mediated Representations

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.