Beyond Polarization: Studying Books, Readers, and Political Affiliation
I have a new study out with my collaborator Richard Jean So that appeared in the Guardian, which shows ways of finding cultural commonality in our age of political polarization. Using the site Goodreads, we identify collections of books that both liberals and conservatives like to read. We show how these books drive different kinds of reader behaviour, prompting readers to react less tribally and negatively and discuss books in more nuanced and cognitively complex ways. You can read the full article here and also the lists of the top 100 most non-partisan books here along with the books that liberals and conservatives favour reading.