Race appeal: How candidates invoke race in U.S. Political campaigns

Charlton McIlwain, Stephen M. Caliendo

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In our evolving American political culture, whites and blacks continue to respond very differently to race-based messages and the candidates who use them. Race Appeal examines the use and influence such appeals have on voters in elections for federal office in which one candidate is a member of a minority group. Charlton McIlwain and Stephen Caliendo use various analysis methods to examine candidates who play the race card in political advertisements. They offer a compelling analysis of the construction of verbal and visual racial appeals and how the news media covers campaigns involving candidates of color. Combining rigorous analyses with in-depth case studies-including an examination of race-based appeals in the historic 2008 presidential election-Race Appeal is a groundbreaking work that represents the most extensive and thorough treatment of race-based appeals in American political campaigns to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTemple University Press
Number of pages258
ISBN (Print)9781439902769
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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