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  1. says:

    Incredibly boring at one point the author recites the data tables that he has printed on the pageThe other problem with this book is his hypothesis sets out to prove something we already know is true media outlets sensationalize small contrasts to get headlines and attract viewers DuhThe book would have been interesting if his slant would have tried to blame the audience for continuing to click on nonsense rather than the media who is only providing them with what they desire


  2. says:

    Interesting analysis but imperfect and now uite outdated


  3. says:

    This book bored me to hell So repetitive and on a topic which didn’t really interest me Maybe I shouldn’t have taken AP Gov


  4. says:

    This book provides a concise and clear assessment of the political statistical data that has previously been made oblivious to the public eye proving that neither the Left nor the Right of the political spectrum have been uite as polarized as we have been made to believe Even regarding the most controversial issues like homosexuality and abortion the data shows that it is not necessarily the voters themselves who have become so militant and polarized but the political parties and their respective representatives Fiorina raises a significant uestion central to the theme of this book Even if citizen attitudes on most issues are not highly polarized has the way such attitudes translate into votes changed? That is even if Americans are not deeply divided on specific issues could it be that their views translate into votes in new ways that somehow magnify the differences that exist? Fiorina emphasizes a number of deceptive tactics utilized by the political parties in order to make the political division between them appear that much prominent and why they succeed in persuading the majority


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    Morris Fiorina's Culture War pushes back on the idea that America is an intensly divided political state composed of blue states where liberals dominate and red states where conservatives dominate Instead he parses data on a variety of issues to attempt to demonstrate that most Americans still belong in the middle of the political spectrum and the views of red and blue America are not truly that divergentThe books makes some good arguments but in the end I have to say that it didn't fully convince me It may be true that many Americans still view themselves as moderates but these Americans tend to be the ones who are least politically active and in some cases their moderation just reflects their desire to adopt socially acceptable positions without having to know anything about politics eg both sides need to compromiseMoreover Fiorina marshals many statistics to boost his argument but I found myself uestioning some of his methodology His arrangment of seven point scales to reflect positions on controversial issues seemed designed to put such extreme positions at the opposing ends that there was virtually no way that many individuals would adopt them in a survey Those individuals would be forced toward the center of the scale and Fiorina could then argue that they aren't so far apart politically even though the positions they expouse may still be very opposed to each other I thought this true especially in the chapters on guns and abortion exactly the issues where you might expect the most disagreementCulture War is not a bad book and Fiorina certainly has a point that the rhetoric of war is overblown and that many political operators are using the idea of a culture war for their own personal and political ends Yet I think we delude ourselves if we persist in the belief that there is a big sensible political middle and it is only our politicians that are driving political polarization Our politicians are sent to Washington by the rest of us and the rest of us bear the brunt of responsibility for their actions


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    The “culture war” rhetoric recently popularized by some in the media polarizes and stereotypes Americans Blue states are snobs Red states are unsophisticated working class stiffs But is such polarization real or is it the figment of “politicos” in the media who have found a catchy sound bite? Media and the politic elite appear to find such divides useful to their purposes ie to be able to play up to their base Americans are divided in real ways across issues of abortion gun control and governmental control over their day to day lives However how much this divide actually results in “two Nations” is debatable Fiorina 2005 provides somewhat of an answer to that uestion It is that there is no real culture divide and Fiorina hammers this point with survey data Red and Blue states are not divided at all but are centrists in orientation However when the survey data is examined America appears to be right of center than smack down the middle centrists For example both Red and Blue States believe at eual levels that immigration should decrease favor school vouchers and view the moral climate as much worse than previously Both hold socially progressive ideas of euality for women oppose racial discrimination and tolerance of others moral views The divide comes in terms of gun control and opposition to legalization of abortion and perhaps it is these issues that color our opinion of the culture divide It may be that there are deep divides in terms of these two issues in Red and Blue states but on multiple core issues there is agreement in the conservative direction by the American Electorate Dan SmeeAuthor Totally American


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    Red states versus blue states We have all heard of the great divide in the United States for so long that it has become something close to received wisdom This thin little book authored by the well respected Morris Fiorina with the assistance of Samuel Abrams and Jeremy Pope uestions this widely held view of a culture war raging in the United States Fiorina for those readers who are familiar with his academic research is a skilled researcher well schooled in statistics It is to his credit that he presents evidence in a way that is accessible to lay readers his technical publications would not be so easily understandable to nonacademic readers In short he believes that the idea of a great culture war is dead wrong As he says in Chapter 1 the sentiments expressedby scholars journalists and politicos range from simple exaggeration to sheer nonsense Chapter 2 suggests strongly that the differences between citizens in red and blue states is not so great as advocates of the culture war say While there is greater polarization between leaders of the Republicans and Democrats across the country this same polarization is not nearly so manifest among the bulk of the American people Indeed the United States in his view remains a centrist moderate country politically All in all a good read and a provocative thesis Worth reading by those interested in how well culture war serves as a metaphor for American politics


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    This was a good read It wasn't overly dry though it did have its occasional moments Like the information and proofs that Fiorina brought to the thesisargument I would recommend this book to anyone whom has an interest in politics government and mediamain stream perspectives This work helped to illustrate one of the many takes on current American politics The thesis was logical and didn't seem to overly push the limits Remaining neutral in the discussion of the proposed 'culture war' helped display both sides of the spectrum and from what I could tell the leanings remained mostly out of the piece Good read


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    Fiorina makes some interesting new ish points attempting to disprove that there is a culture war in the US While I agree that perhaps culture war is a bit dramatic he did not convince me that there is not in fact great disagreement among a sizable portion of Americans Maybe it is only 20% or so but that is still a lot of people and uite meaningful especially if the folks who are interested enough in voting in primaries have uite different views then the candidates will end up with different views and values I am sure he will come out with another edition after the 2012 election and I'll be interested to see how he discusses the tea party and the ill will in Congress


  10. says:

    There's substantial empirical evidence in this book to suggest that the political polarization that gets so much attention in the media is an illusion so far as everyday people are concerned True there is deep polarization among the political elites but not so much at all among everyone else if Fiorina's use of the longitudinal studies General Social Survey and National Election Studies is credible He isn't the only researcher saying this either It makes me wonder if we aren't still a nation of sheep


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Culture War? The Myth ofa Polarized America Great uestions in Politics Series

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Updated in a new 3rd edition and part of the Great uestions in Politics series Culture War The Myth of a Polarized America combines polling data with a compelling narrative to debunk common. Incredibly boring at one point the author recites the data tables that he has printed on the pageThe other problem with this book is his hypothesis sets out to prove something we already know is true media outlets sensationalize small contrasts to get headlines and attract viewers DuhThe book would have been interesting if his slant would have tried to blame the audience for continuing to click on nonsense rather than the media who is only providing them with what they desire

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Tists in America this brief trade like text looks at controversial and hot topic issues such as homosexuality abortion etc and argues that most Americans are not polarized in relation to th. Fiorina makes some interesting new ish points attempting to disprove that there is a culture war in the US While I agree that perhaps culture war is a bit dramatic he did not convince me that there is not in fact great disagreement among a sizable portion of Americans Maybe it is only 20% or so but that is still a lot of people and uite meaningful especially if the folks who are interested enough in voting in primaries have uite different views then the candidates will end up with different views and values I am sure he will come out with another edition after the 2012 election and I'll be interested to see how he discusses the tea party and the ill will in Congress

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Ly believed myths about American politics particularly the claim that Americans are deeply divided in their fundamental political views Authored by one of the most respected political scien. Morris Fiorina's Culture War pushes back on the idea that America is an intensly divided political state composed of blue states where liberals dominate and red states where conservatives dominate Instead he parses data on a variety of issues to attempt to demonstrate that most Americans still belong in the middle of the political spectrum and the views of red and blue America are not truly that divergentThe books makes some good arguments but in the end I have to say that it didn't fully convince me It may be true that many Americans still view themselves as moderates but these Americans tend to be the ones who are least politically active and in some cases their moderation just reflects their desire to adopt socially acceptable positions without having to know anything about politics eg both sides need to compromiseMoreover Fiorina marshals many statistics to boost his argument but I found myself uestioning some of his methodology His arrangment of seven point scales to reflect positions on controversial issues seemed designed to put such extreme positions at the opposing ends that there was virtually no way that many individuals would adopt them in a survey Those individuals would be forced toward the center of the scale and Fiorina could then argue that they aren't so far apart politically even though the positions they expouse may still be very opposed to each other I thought this true especially in the chapters on guns and abortion exactly the issues where you might expect the most disagreementCulture War is not a bad book and Fiorina certainly has a point that the rhetoric of war is overblown and that many political operators are using the idea of a culture war for their own personal and political ends Yet I think we delude ourselves if we persist in the belief that there is a big sensible political middle and it is only our politicians that are driving political polarization Our politicians are sent to Washington by the rest of us and the rest of us bear the brunt of responsibility for their actions