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"The reality of American life has strayed from its myths": Barack Obama's 'The Audacity of Hope' and the discourse of the American reclamation jeremiad.(Critical essay)

Harrell, Willie J. , Jr.

Journal of Black Studies, Sept, 2010, Vol.41(1), p.164-183 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    "The reality of American life has strayed from its myths": Barack Obama's 'The Audacity of Hope' and the discourse of the American reclamation jeremiad.(Critical essay)
  • Autor: Harrell, Willie J. , Jr.
  • Assuntos: American Dream -- Analysis ; American Dream -- Political Aspects ; American Dream -- Portrayals ; Jeremiad -- Analysis ; Restorationism -- Analysis ; Restorationism -- Political Aspects ; Restorationism -- Portrayals
  • É parte de: Journal of Black Studies, Sept, 2010, Vol.41(1), p.164-183
  • Descrição: This article argues that Barack Obama's restoration rhetoric in The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream functions as the American reclamation jeremiad, in which he employs political discourse to restore a positive vision of America's democratic mission and warns Americans of the dangers of not fulfilling that mission. While Obama combines this ideological warning to his positive vision of America, he constructs a message that is unifying while at the same time indicative of a risk in not challenging the destructive path of the American political system. In the classic jeremiadic fashion, Obama calls Americans to political repentance, an innovative kind of political system that builds on the communal understandings that will unite all Americans. [Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Inc., copyright holder.]
  • Idioma: English

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