Culture War? The Myth ofa Polarized America PDF/EPUB

Culture War? The Myth ofa Polarized America (Great Questions in Politics Series) Part of the Great Questions in Politics series, Culture War The Myth of a Polarized America combines polling data with a compelling narrative to debunk commonly believed myths about American politics particularly the claim that Americans are deeply divided in their fundamental political views This second edition of Culture War features a new chapter that demonstrates how the elections ofreinforce the book s original argument that Americans are no divided now than they were in the past In addition, the text has been updated throughout to reflect data from theelections Authored by one of the most respected political scientists in America, this brief, trade like text looks at controversial and hot topic issues such as homosexuality, abortion, etc and argues that most Americans are not polarized in relation to them I read this in the early 2000s in college and recall that even then I found the arguments less than persuasive Having reread this book in the age of a stonewalling do nothing Congress, gun toting anti government lunatics, and the rise of Drumpf, I am even less convinced than ever that this country isn t deeply, possibly fatally, polarized.It would be interesting to read a new edition, with new research, to see if Fiorina still holds to his thesis in light of 2016 s grim reality. Incredibly boring at one point the author recites the data tables that he has printed on the page.The other problem with this book is his hypothesis sets out to prove something we already know is true media outlets sensationalize small contrasts to get headlines and attract viewers Duh.The book would have beeninteresting if his slant would have tried to blame the audience for continuing to click on nonsense, rather than the media who is only providing them with what they desire. Interesting analysis, but imperfect and now quite outdated. This book provides a concise and clear assessment of the political statistical data that has previously been made oblivious to the public eye proving that neither the Left nor the Right of the political spectrum have been quite as polarized as we have been made to believe Even regarding the most controversial issues, like homosexuality and abortion, the data shows that it is not necessarily the voters themselves who have become so militant and polarized, but the political parties and their res This book provides a concise and clear assessment of the political statistical data that has previously been made oblivious to the public eye proving that neither the Left nor the Right of the political spectrum have been quite as polarized as we have been made to believe Even regarding the most controversial issues, like homosexuality and abortion, the data shows that it is not necessarily the voters themselves who have become so militant and polarized, but the political parties and their respective representatives Fiorina raises a significant question central to the theme of this book Even if citizen attitudes on most issues are not highly polarized, has the way such attitudes translate into votes changed That is, even if Americans are not deeply divided on specific issues, could it be that their views translate into votes in new ways that somehow magnify the differences that exist Fiorina emphasizes a number of deceptive tactics utilized by the political parties in order to make the political division between them appear that muchprominent, and why they succeed in persuading the majority

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