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Voicing politics, how language shapes public opinion, Efrén Pérez and Margit Tavits

Voicing politics, how language shapes public opinion, Efrén Pérez and Margit Tavits
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-212) and index
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Voicing politics
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Responsibility statement
Efrén Pérez and Margit Tavits
Series statement
Princeton studies in political behavior
Sub title
how language shapes public opinion
"Why your political beliefs are influenced by the language you speak. Voicing Politics brings together the latest findings from psychology and political science to reveal how the linguistic peculiarities of different languages can have meaningful consequences for political attitudes and beliefs around the world. Efrén Pérez and Margit Tavits demonstrate that different languages can make mental content more or less accessible and thereby shift political opinions and preferences in predictable directions. They rigorously test this hypothesis using carefully crafted experiments and rich cross-national survey data, showing how language shapes mass opinion in domains such as gender equality, LGBTQ rights, environmental conservation, ethnic relations, and candidate evaluations.Voicing Politics traces how these patterns emerge in polities spanning the globe, shedding essential light on how simple linguistic quirks can affect our political views. This incisive book calls on scholars of political behavior to take linguistic nuances more seriously and charts new directions for researchers across diverse fields. It explains how a stronger grasp of linguistic effects on political cognition can help us better understand how people form political attitudes and why political outcomes vary across nations and regions"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction. Lost in translation? -- Explaining the language-opinion connection -- Battle of the sexes -- Ghosts in the language machine -- Today is tomorrow -- Sensing ethnic divisions -- The language premium -- Conclusion. The voice of the people
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