Lilliana Mason Uncivil Agreement Review

September 26, 2021

I bought this book, which was published in 2018 after seeing a review. It contains the most informative explanation I have ever seen. Finally, she examines the implications of her argument for the future of American democracy. While Mason is cautious about how easily we can quell the identity conflict that is currently at the heart of American politics, she discusses several scientifically grounded measures we should consider. Some of them are classic remedies for conflicts between groups highlighted by psychologists, such as for example. B the strengthening of contacts between Democrats and Republicans and the search for common goals or identities that can unite people across partisan divides. Others focus on possible changes in the parties themselves, including greater insistence among party leaders in setting standards of comity and tolerance and the prospect of further division within the Republican Party, which “represses cross-cutting divisions that suppress social polarization and social distancing.” “Political polarization in America is at an all-time high and the conflict has evolved beyond differences of opinion on political issues. Here is a manuscript of a book meeting published under the title Peterson, David A.M. “Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity Lilliana Mason, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018, p. 192.” Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique 52, n° 4 (2019): 961-962.

DOI: 10.1017/S0008423919000076. Published with permission. In her recent book Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity, political scientist Lilliana Mason must understand our growing cultural and political divide. With only 140 pages, Uncivil Agreement is a well-informed and well-researched case, where our division is based only on real political differences and is more rooted in our divergent cultural identities that have regrouped demographically over the past fifty years. In other words, the vicious circle of polarization that has grown in the wake of the Trump presidency — a process accelerated by partisan bias and divided social sorting (to people who look and think about ourselves) — has nothing so much to do with what we actually think of the world as it does with how we feel ourselves. It`s almost as if we Americans live in two separate realities. As these realities diverge further, our priorities shift from the development of the country to the development of our political tribe at the expense of the country. . . .

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