How are people’s political attitudes and behaviours influenced by their diverse social contexts?
This seminar will strive to provide key tools to answer this question. Together, we will consider the influence of diverse familial, class, racial, educational backgrounds along with geographic, network, and generational differences.
Students will read and discuss wide-ranging empirical studies on the role played by social structural factors for varied political outcomes, including polarization, cleavage formation, progressive shifts, and traditional belief consolidation. Students will also write and present a final paper in class.