Social Interaction, Political Divides

in Talking about Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226872186
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226872216 | DOI:
Social Interaction, Political Divides

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This chapter sums up and addresses the implications of the study in this book for political science and American politics. It explains implications for future research on racial attitudes, framing, social context, political socialization, and social identity. It explains how the analyses in this context suggest a model of civic life that differs from the two prevailing conceptions: liberal individualism and civic republicanism. In informal talk, people are neither devoid of social attachments (instead, they rely on them) nor acting on behalf of a predetermined common good. Conceptions of “the common good” are constantly worked out as they interact together. Most important, the chapter concludes that the public's part of public discussion is consequential for citizen politics.

Keywords: social interaction; political science; American politics; social identity; liberal individualism; informal talk; political talk

Chapter.  11592 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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