Obama’s Call for a More Perfect Union

Contemporary Pragmatism 8 (2):57-67 (2011)
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Abstract

This article considers the speech given by then Senator Barack Obama on race in America, on the collective trauma he is pointing to and the need for working through and what that means in psychoanalytic and pragmatic terms. Though Obama may have only tangentially been alluding to a Freudian notion of working through and probably was not thinking of John Dewey's work, the insights of that speech can be deepened by drawing on both psychoanalytic theory and American pragmatism's attention to transactions, habits, and environing conditions

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Noelle Claire McAfee
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