Emergent discourses of audacity and the revocation of marginality

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Peyi Soyinka Airewele explains how the US President Barack Obama's book 'The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,' spawned a broad, diverse and ever growing body of literature in recent years. The release of 'The Audacity of Hope' during Obama's campaign for presidential office set the tone for new writings on audacity. 'Audacity,' not 'hope' became the new cliche, slithering into the discourse and active lexicon of diverse fields, and conjuring for some an era of celebrated boldness and hope. Between 1924 and 2005, there are but a few published exhortations to audacity. In 1924, Ben Ames Williams wrote a book titled quite simply Audacity; and the United Action Campaign Committee, followed this with their 1933 mobilization publication titled, Audacity! More audacity! Always audacity! Technology aficionados were not left out of the growing discourse, with Thomas Blair's The Audacity of Cyberspace, (2009), a timely study of 'Obama-s net-geners and Internet-savvy voters.'.

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Journal of Third World Studies

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