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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

GOVT 83.25 Hating the other side: polarization in American Politics

Modern American politics is defined by strong affection for one’s own party and a deep hatred of the opposing party. This seminar explores the nature and evolution of polarization in American politics. We will critically examine how an ideological divide between parties have evolved into a divide defined by hatred and avoidance. Throughout we will compare modern polarization to other periods of heightened antipathy and consider just how much partisanship has developed into tribal conflict. As part of the course, we will consider how partisan animus manifests in vast aspects of American life—personal relationships, the workplace, and professional environments. Ultimately, we will grapple with evidence that suggests partisan bias has grown to replace race as the largest divide in American society.



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Dist:SOC; WCult:W

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