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Creolizing Barack Obama

Creolizing Barack Obama

Chapter:
(p.77) Creolizing Barack Obama
Source:
American Creoles
Author(s):
Valérie Loichot
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317200.005

This chapter examines the representations of Barack Obama in France, the USA and Martinique. Most French journalists describe Obama as a ‘métis’, a form of praise of racial and cultural mixing. In Martinique, he is referred to as ‘créole’. The notion of ‘métissage’ illustrates the essentialism to which Obama has been subjected to the press. The chapter brings to light the discrepancies between racial perceptions and constructions in continental France and in Martinique.

Keywords:   Barack Obama, métis, créole, France, Martinique, métissage, racial perceptions

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