Lilliana Mason UnzivilAgrement: How Politics Became Our Identity is easily the best book on American politics I`ve read in years. I mean this in two important ways. First, the book addresses perhaps the most pressing question in politics: why has American public opinion become increasingly polarized? The answer – that the increasing overlap between identities changes the way citizens see themselves and others – gives a clear understanding of polarization. But it`s not just an important book, it`s a good book. Mason constructs a meticulous reasoning based on social psychology, and each chapter of the book relies sequentially on the previous one. The result is a book that is more than the sum of the parts and represents a great progress in the field. I lost the number of times Mason made a point that clearly expressed a previously incomprehensible intuition about politics. There are few books that make this kind of contribution to a crucial issue in the way unzivile agreements do. You can buy this title in these refined bookstores. Outside the United States, you will find our international sales information. Enter your mobile phone number or email address below and we`ll send you a link to download the free Kindle app. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet or computer – no Kindle device is needed. Identity Crisis leads listeners of the bloody primaries to an election night whose result defied the predictions of pollsters and experts.
The book shows how the fundamental characteristics of the nation and its politics – the state of the economy, the Obama presidency and the demographics of political parties – were combined with the personalities and rhetoric of the candidates to bring out one of the most unexpected presidencies in history. In Mason`s fifth chapter, perhaps the most important in the book, she provides evidence that they are socially sorted supporters, not extreme supporters, who are more likely to displease members of the other party and who are biased in favour of their own party. For example, Democrats who call themselves liberals prefer Republicans, even if the same Democrats express relatively moderate or even conservative positions. In the following chapters, Mason addresses this point and shows that citizens whose partisan identities overlap with their ideology, race or religious orientation are more likely to express anger at members of the other party and to make them public by engaging more zealously in politics. It is a manuscript of a critic that was published under the title Peterson, David A.M.