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Barack Obama is Brazilian

(Re)Signifying Race Relations in Contemporary Brazil

  • Emanuelle K. F. Oliveira-Monte

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Emanuelle K. F. Oliveira-Monte
    Pages 1-15
  3. Emanuelle K.F. Oliveira-Monte
    Pages 17-51
  4. Emanuelle K.F. Oliveira-Monte
    Pages 53-85
  5. Emanuelle K.F. Oliveira-Monte
    Pages 117-139
  6. Emanuelle K. F. Oliveira-Monte
    Pages 141-150
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 151-208

About this book

Introduction

This book examines US President Barack Obama’s characterizations in the Brazilian media, with a specific focus on political cartoons and internet memes. Brazilians celebrate their country as a racial democracy; thus the US works as its nemesis. The rise of a black president to the office of the most prominent country in the global, political, and economic landscape led some analysts to postulate that the US was living in a post-racial era. President Obama’s election also had a tremendous impact on the imaginary of the African Diaspora, and this volume investigates how the election of the first black US president complicates Brazilians’ own racial discourses. By focusing on three events—Barack Obama's election in 2008, his visit to Brazil in March 2011, and the aftermath of the US espionage on the Brazilian government in 2013—Emanuelle Oliveira-Monte analyzes Barack Obama's shifting portrayals that confirm and challenge Brazilian racial conceptions projected upon his figure.

Keywords

culture ethnicity gender government humor Latin America latin american culture political science politics social science social structure sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Emanuelle K. F. Oliveira-Monte
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Spanish and PortugueseVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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