Uncivil Agreement

How Politics Became Our Identity

Lilliana Mason

Lilliana Mason

192 pages43 line drawings, 15 tablesninee book$10.00 to$22.99About E-booksISBN: 9780226524689PublishedApril 2018

Political polarization in America is at an all-time excessive, and the battle has moved past disagreements approximately matters of coverage. For the primary time in more than 20 years, research has proven that participants of both events keep strongly destructive perspectives of their fighters. This is polarization rooted in social identity, and it’s miles growing. The marketing campaign and election of Donald Trump laid naked this fact of the American citizens, its successful rhetoric of “us versus them” tapping right into a effective cutting-edge of anger and resentment.             With Uncivil Agreement, Lilliana Mason looks at the growing social gulf throughout racial, spiritual, and cultural strains, that have these days come to divide well among the two primary political events. She argues that institution identifications have changed the manner we assume and sense about ourselves and our combatants. Even while Democrats and Republicans can agree on coverage consequences, they tend to view yet another with mistrust and to paintings for celebration victory over all else. Although the polarizing results of social divisions have simplified our electoral alternatives and accelerated political engagement, they have got not been a pressure this is, on balance, beneficial for American democracy. Bringing together theory from political science and social psychology, Uncivil Agreement certainly describes this more and more “social” type of polarization in American politics and will upload a great deal to our knowledge of modern politics.

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Acknowledgments ONE / Identity-Based Democracy TWO / Using Old Words in New Ways THREE / A Brief History of Social Sorting FOUR / Partisan Prejudice FIVE / Socially Sorted Parties SIX / The Outrage and Elation of Partisan Sorting SEVEN / Activism for the Wrong Reasons EIGHT / Can We Fix It? Appendix Notes References Index

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Ezra Klein maximum crucial books this 12 months . . . . This is the kind of studies with a view to change now not simply how you reflect onconsideration on the world but how you consider your self.”

Yascha Mounk elements inclusive of class, race, faith, gender, and sexuality used to reduce throughout one another to a giant extent. . . . In the past decades, although, ‘partisan, ideological, religious, and racial identities have moved into sturdy alignment. . . . A single vote can now suggest a person’s partisan desire in addition to his or her faith, race, ethnicity, gender, neighborhood and favourite grocery keep.’”

Perry Francis Bacon 538

“Highly encouraged. . . . In describing American politics nowadays, Mason argues that partisan identity (Democrat or Republican) has grow to be a ‘mega-identity’ as it increasingly combines a number of distinct identities. . . . And which celebration humans belong to is crucial due to the fact there may be a few proof that in preference to human beings deciding on their party affiliation primarily based on their affairs of state (and changing events if their perspectives are now not represented by means of that birthday celebration), they shift their views to align with their celebration identity.”

New Books Network

“Recent debates about partisan polarization have focused mainly on ideology and policy perspectives. In Uncivil Agreement, social identification actions to the center of a way to consider the variations that divide the usa.”  

David P. Redlawsk, University of Delaware

“Uncivil Agreement opens a window to a higher understanding of the ‘why’ in the back of the polarization of contemporary American politics. This is a groundbreaking e book, combining an exciting and vital theoretical technique with robust empirical statistics, and it’ll have real effect.”­

Richard R. Lau, Rutgers University

“A ought to-study for everybody trying to recognize the increasingly more polarized nature of American politics. Mason gives a psychological identity-based totally explanation for nowadays’s polarized politics, an explanation that offers insights each into its maximum important attitudinal and behavioral consequences, but additionally into possible procedures that would help flow the American public some steps returned from the precipice.”

Nicholas Valentino, University of Michigan

“The mutual disdain felt by means of Democrats and Republicans around the usa has reached poisonous tiers, and it’s miles having profound effects for the great of our policies, no longer simply our politics. How did we get right here? Mason’s brilliantly designed studies and compelling writing monitor the most convincing explanation thus far.”

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