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Education and Partisanship

In my view, education polarization cannot be understood without a recognition of the values divide between educated professionals and working people in the aggregate. That divide is rooted in each class’s disparate ways of life, economic imperatives, socialization experiences, and levels of material security. By itself, the emergence of this gap might not have been sufficient to trigger class dealignment, but its adverse political implications have been greatly exacerbated by the past half-century of inequitable growth, civic decline, and media fragmentation.

Eric Levitz, “How the Diploma Divide is Remaking American Politics”

A very long article on “educational polarization” and “class dealignment” in US electoral politics – but also, in western countries generally. Many graphs. Lots of analysis.

It seems important.

Also, it seems to me to help explain some of the specific manifestations of cultural resentment that dominate public discourse these days, on “the left” as well as on “the right.” And to be relevant to some popular stereotypes about “religion” and “religious people,” something he doesn’t mention.

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Image: ليلي جبريل, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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