...Bertram Ashe provides a rubric for understanding and contextualizing complex racial identity formations in the postsoul era, and instructs us to move beyond the simple analyses of Obama's sense of racial self to see how the president's narration of his life story exemplifies how many of his generation experience and (re)define race.

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