Political Tribalism in America

How Hyper-Partisanship Dumbs Down Democracy and How to Fix It

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About the Book

The democratic ideal demands that the citizenry think critically about matters of public import. Yet many Democrats and Republicans in the United States have fallen short of that standard because political tribalism motivates them to acquire, perceive and evaluate political information in a biased manner. The result is an electorate that is more extreme, hostile and willing to reject unfavorable democratic outcomes.

In this work, the author provides a host of actionable strategies that are designed to reduce the influence of political tribalism in our lives. The text includes instructions for plumbing the depths of political views; evaluating sources of political information; engaging in difficult political conversations; appraising political data; and assessing political arguments. The first of its kind, this how-to guide is a must-read for partisans who want to become more critical political thinkers.

About the Author(s)

Timothy J. Redmond received his PhD in political science from the University at Buffalo. He is an award-winning educator and author of over one hundred articles on critical thinking and politics.

Bibliographic Details

Timothy J. Redmond

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 238
Bibliographic Info: 34 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8310-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4696-1
Imprint: McFarland