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Creolizing Barack Obama

Creolizing Barack Obama

(p.77) Creolizing Barack Obama
American Creoles
Valérie Loichot
Liverpool University Press

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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