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dc.contributor.advisorShoup, Brianen_US
dc.contributor.authorLaudadio, Tonyen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the growth of polarization in American politics and society as a result of social homophily. In recent years, social scientists have documented the increase in polarization, but their work has tended to view party identification and ideological rigidity as something to be explained in the context of policy battles and not as an independent variable that drives other areas of political and social life. My main thesis in this project is that social self-segregation has turned partisanship into a larger part of a person's identity - in other words, people are not partisan because of deeply held views on issues but rather because partisanship and ideological rigidity are the primary determining factors of their broader worldview. People therefore "choose" to be ideologically rigid or partisan and allow this to predetermine many of their views on social issues.en_US
dc.publisherMississippi State Universityen_US
dc.publisherJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors Collegeen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College Undergraduate Senior Thesesen_US
dc.subject.lcshUniversities and colleges--Honors coursesen_US
dc.subject.othersocial homophilyen_US
dc.subject.otherecho chamber effecten_US
dc.titleThe seventh party system? Social homophily and the reemergence of culturally-based political coalitionsen_US
dc.typeHonors Thesisen_US
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Political Science and Public Administrationen_US
dc.publisher.collegeJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors Collegeen_US
dc.publisher.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.publisher.officeHonors Office of Undergraduate Researchen_US
dc.contributor.issuingbodyMississippi State Universityen_US
dc.source.institutionMississippi State Universityen_US
dc.subject.degreeBachelor of Artsen_US
dc.subject.majorPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.committeeShaffer, Steveen_US
dc.contributor.committeeAnderson, Thomasen_US

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