Int J Polit Cult Soc (2017) 30:311–316 DOI 10.1007/s10767-016-9250-6 A Review of Jeffrey C. Alexander & Bernadette N. Jaworsky’s Obama Power, (2014, Cambridge: Polity Press, 140pp) Morton Keller Published online: 12 January 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 It’s not every day that one is asked to write a 3000-word review of a 30,000-word book—with the author charged to produce a 3000-word response. Is all this worth the trouble? It depends: on the significance and percipience of what the book has to say; on the substantiality of both the review and the review of the reviewer. Surely the subject of Obama Power—how and why the President won re-election in 2012—deserves close and serious attention. American politics and government matter a lot to the country and to the world. And the Obama years have had their share and more of big- time domestic and international challenges. Obama Power asserts that to find out how and why Obama won, it Bdrills down to the bedrock of US politics and culture.^ Jeffrey Alexander, the co- (and senior) author, is a Yale sociologist: a doyen in his discipline’s subfield of cultural sociology, which studies the interplay of sociology’s traditional building-blocks—community, group behavior,
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