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    Partisanship now trumps political parties’ ownership of issues among voters, except among independents

Partisanship now trumps political parties’ ownership of issues among voters, except among independents

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Throughout recent US political history, certain issues have been considered to be “owned” by either party, such as national defense for the Republican Party and healthcare and the environment for the Democratic Party. But what does the rise of partisan polarization mean for the importance of issue ownership by the parties?  In new survey research, Jamie M. Wright, Scott […]

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    Book Review: Hegemonic Mimicry: Korean Popular Culture of the Twenty-First Century by Kyung Hyun Kim

Book Review: Hegemonic Mimicry: Korean Popular Culture of the Twenty-First Century by Kyung Hyun Kim

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In Hegemonic Mimicry: Korean Popular Culture of the Twenty-First Century, Kyung Hyun Kim explores the global rise of Korean popular culture, using the concept of ‘hegemonic mimicry’ to examine how it has adapted American sensibilities and genres. This is a valuable and significant contribution to studies of Korean popular culture with an interdisciplinary approach that will appeal to scholars across different […]

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    Political polarization means more Americans are voting against rather than for candidates in presidential elections

Political polarization means more Americans are voting against rather than for candidates in presidential elections

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Traditionally in elections people vote for candidates that they like. But in recent years, surveys have show a growing number of people cast their votes against candidates rather than for them – as many as one third in the 2020 election. In new research, Diego Garzia and Frederico Ferreira da Silva find that those who have a less positive […]

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    Book Review: Cut/Copy/Paste: Fragments from the History of Bookwork by Whitney Trettien

Book Review: Cut/Copy/Paste: Fragments from the History of Bookwork by Whitney Trettien

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In Cut/Copy/Paste: Fragments from the History of Bookwork, Whitney Trettien explores how seventeenth-century English publishers cut up and reassembled paper media into radical, bespoke publications, arguing that this ‘bookwork’ contributes to understanding digital scholarship and publishing today. Through its magnetic prose that narrates weird and joyous entanglements with the printed word, Trettien reveals that the lives of books are longer and stranger […]

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    Authoritarian populist Americans who feel a sense of victimhood and white identity are most likely to support political violence

Authoritarian populist Americans who feel a sense of victimhood and white identity are most likely to support political violence

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The capitol insurrection of January 6, 2021 brought the rise of political violence in America into sharp focus. But who supports the use of violence to achieve their political goals? In new survey research, Miles T. Armaly and Adam M. Enders find that feelings of victimhood, authoritarian and populist sentiments and white identity have the strongest link to support […]

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    Book Review: COVID-19 and Psychology: People and Society in Times of Pandemic by John G. Haas

Book Review: COVID-19 and Psychology: People and Society in Times of Pandemic by John G. Haas

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In COVID-19 and Psychology: People and Society in Times of Pandemic, John G. Haas explores the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at all levels of society. This book will be useful for those in the social sciences, policymakers and the general public looking to understand how to build resilience through social support and combat the fear of the […]

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    People view judicial figures previously accused of sexual misconduct as a threat to women’s rights

People view judicial figures previously accused of sexual misconduct as a threat to women’s rights

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With the US Supreme Court likely to soon announce its decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, in a new study, Melissa N. Baker and Kayla S. Canelo look at how previous accusations of sexual misconduct toward judges might affect the public’s perception of their ability to rule on issues related to women’s rights. They find that people […]

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    Book Review: Transnational Black Feminism and Qualitative Research: Black Women, Racialization and Migration by Tanja J. Burkhard

Book Review: Transnational Black Feminism and Qualitative Research: Black Women, Racialization and Migration by Tanja J. Burkhard

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In Transnational Black Feminism and Qualitative Research: Black Women, Racialization and Migration, Tanja J. Burkhard explores Transnational Black Feminism as a qualitative research framework that centres the narratives of Black women. This book is a valuable resource for those committed to conducting more equitable research that disrupts extractive modes of knowledge production, writes Lydia Ayame Hiraide, and will particularly enhance the […]

Metaverse – together alone?

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The metaverse is an isolated experience that removes us from the world and fosters solitude rather than society. Annmarie Hanlon writes that we must also consider the values of the platforms providing this virtual reality experience. Facebook even rebranded to Meta, but it has a history of ethical dilemmas. And that, she writes, is the devil we know. How will […]

Book Review: Complaint! by Sara Ahmed

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In Complaint!, Sara Ahmed follows the institutional life of complaints within the university, exploring how they begin, how they are processed and how they are ultimately stopped, thereby reproducing systems of whiteness, violence and silencing. Proposing complaint as a feminist pedagogy and a form of collective and social action, Ahmed’s work should provoke change to a resistant institution and culture, writes […]

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