Polarizing Tribalism: How Political Tribes Are Killing Democracy

Author Amy Chua on her new book Political Tribes and Professor S. Mo Jang on mass shootings and political polarization on this episode of the governmentality podcast.
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Political polarization has only been increasing over the last decade. From fights on Capitol Hill to discourse on social media, our union is divided and it goes beyond our two party system. On this episode, S. Mo Jang of the University of South Carolina discusses his new study on the relationship between mass shootings and political polarization, as well as the media’s impact on that dynamic. And in the book chat, Amy Chua, Yale Law professor, discusses her new book: Political Tribes: Group Instinct and The Fate of Nations.

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S. Mo Jang is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina and previously worked as a network television journalist for the Seoul Broadcasting System in South Korea.

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her expertise is in international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability was a New York Times bestseller and selected by both The Economist and the U.K.’s Guardian as a Best Book of 2003 and her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was an international bestseller translated into 30 languages. Follow her on Twitter: @amychua

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