I bought this book, which was published in 2018 after seeing a review. It contains the most instructive explanation I have seen. Enter political scientist Lilliana Mason to understand our growing cultural and political divide in her recent book Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. With only 140 pages, Uncivil Agreement makes a well-informed and well-documented argument that our gap is based only loosely on genuine political differences and is more rooted in our divergent cultural identities that have grouped demographically over the past fifty years. In other words, the vicious circle of polarization, which has worsened with the Trump presidency – a process accelerated by partisan prejudices and social divisions (gravel on people who look like us and think) – has not so much to do with what we actually think of the world, but more with what we think of ourselves. It is almost as if we Americans live in two distinct realities. As these realities deviate further, our priorities shift from the country`s evolution to the development of our political tribe at the expense of the country. Without a sense of national cohesion, common identity and common purpose, the fabric of our society can collapse. This is a manuscript of a book review published under the name Peterson, David A.M. “Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity Lilliana Mason, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018, p.
192.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 52, No. DOI: 10.1017/S0008423919000076. Posted with permission. “Political polarization in America is at a record high and the conflict has propelled itself beyond differences of opinion on political issues. In conclusion, she examines the implications of her argument for the future of American democracy. While Mason is cautious about how easily we can end the identity conflict that is currently at the heart of American politics, he discusses several scientifically sound measures that we should consider. Some of them are classic remedies to intergroup conflicts, put forward by psychologists, such as strengthening contacts between Democrats and Republicans. B, and the search for common goals or identities that can unite people beyond the boundaries of all parties.