Barack Obama is Brazilian

(Re)Signifying Race Relations in Contemporary Brazil

Authors: Oliveira-Monte, Emanuelle

  • Underlines the tremendous impact Obama’s election to the US presidency had on the collective unconscious of the African Diaspora
  • Investigates what Obama's victory meant to Brazil
  • Examines white male privilege in the US and Brazil and further conjectures about the possibility of the election of a black president committed to Afro-Brazilians and disfranchised segments of society
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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 K. F. Oliveira-Monte analyzes Barack Obama's shifting portrayals that confirm and challenge Brazilian racial conceptions projected upon his figure.

About the authors

Emanuelle K. F. Oliveira-Monte is Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University, USA.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Oliveira-Monte, Emanuelle K. F.

    Pages 1-15

  • Obama Dreams of Brazil: A Mulatto in the Land of Racial Democracy

    Oliveira-Monte, Emanuelle K.F.

    Pages 17-51

  • Barack Obama Is Brazilian

    Oliveira-Monte, Emanuelle K.F.

    Pages 53-85

  • Obama and Dilma in Love: Race and Gender in the Realm of Political Humor

    Oliveira-Monte, Emanuelle K.F.

    Pages 87-115

  • “Our” Candidate Obama: Barack Obama in the Brazilian Elections

    Oliveira-Monte, Emanuelle K.F.

    Pages 117-139

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58353-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59480-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Barack Obama is Brazilian
Book Subtitle
(Re)Signifying Race Relations in Contemporary Brazil
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58353-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58353-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59480-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 208
Number of Illustrations and Tables
35 b/w illustrations
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