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One nation, two realities : dueling facts in American democracy / Morgan Marietta and David C. Barker.

Author/Creator:
Marietta, Morgan, author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] , ©2019
Format/Description:
Book
xvi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Communication in politics.
Facts (Philosophy) -- Political aspects.
Public opinion -- Political aspects.
Political psychology -- United States.
Communication in politics.
Political psychology.
Politics and government -- Public opinion.
Public opinion -- Political aspects.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century -- Public opinion.
United States.
Summary:
The deep divides that define politics in the United States are not restricted to policy or even cultural differences anymore. Americans no longer agree on basic questions of fact. Is climate change real? Does racism still determine who gets ahead? Is sexual orientation innate? Do immigration and free trade help or hurt the economy? Does gun control reduce violence? Are false convictions common? Employing several years of original survey data and experiments, Marietta and Barker reach a number of enlightening and provocative conclusions: dueling fact perceptions are not so much a product of hyper-partisanship or media propaganda as they are of simple value differences and deepening distrust of authorities. These duels foster social contempt, even in the workplace, and they warp the electorate. The educated - on both the right and the left - carry the biggest guns and are the quickest to draw. And finally, fact-checking and other proposed remedies don't seem to holster too many weapons; they can even add bullets to the chamber. Marietta and Barker's pessimistic conclusions will challenge idealistic reformers.
The deep divides that define politics in the United States are not restricted to policy or even cultural differences anymore. Americans no longer agree on basic questions of fact. Is climate change real? Does racism still determine who gets ahead? Is sexual orientation innate? Do immigration and free trade help or hurt the economy? Does gun control reduce violence? Are false convictions common?0Employing several years of original survey data and experiments, Marietta and Barker reach a number of enlightening and provocative conclusions: dueling fact perceptions are not so much a product of hyper-partisanship or media propaganda as they are of simple value differences and deepening distrust of authorities. These duels foster social contempt, even in the workplace, and they warp the electorate. The educated - on both the right and the left - carry the biggest guns and are the quickest to draw. And finally, fact-checking and other proposed remedies don't seem to holster too many weapons; they can even add bullets to the chamber. Marietta and Barker's pessimistic conclusions will challenge idealistic reformers.
Contents:
Part I. Concepts
What smarter people have said about facts: philosophical and psychological foundations
Dueling facts in political science
Dueling facts in American politics
Part II. Causes
Your facts or mine? The psychology of fact perceptions
The psychology of fact perceptions II: value projection
Polarized leaders versus polarized values
A theory of intuitive epistemology
The roots of certainty: sacred values and sacred facts
Part III. Consequences
The democratic consequences of dueling facts
Disdain and disengagement: the social and professional consequences of dueling fact perceptions
Part IV. Correctives
Political knowledge and fractured perceptions: education is not the answer
Let facts be submitted to a candid world: fact-checking as a potential solution
Citizen responses to fact-checking
Symmetry, asymmetry, and durability
Part V. Conclusion
Conclusion: facts and values, knowledge and democracy.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-335) and index.
Contributor:
Barker, David C. (David Christopher), 1969- author.
ISBN:
9780190677176
0190677171
OCLC:
1050456736
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