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The Anger Gap

The Anger Gap
How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics


  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108485906

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  • Anger is a powerful mobilizing force in American politics on both sides of the political aisle, but does it motivate all groups equally? This book offers a new conceptualization of anger as a political resource that mobilizes black and white Americans differentially to exacerbate political inequality. Drawing on survey data from the last forty years, experiments, and rhetoric analysis, Phoenix finds that - from Reagan to Trump - black Americans register significantly less anger than their white counterparts and that anger (in contrast to pride) has a weaker mobilizing effect on their political participation. The book examines both the causes of this and the consequences. Pointing to black Americans' tempered expectations of politics and the stigmas associated with black anger, it shows how race and lived experience moderate the emergence of emotions and their impact on behavior. The book makes multiple theoretical contributions and offers important practical insights for political strategy.

    • Develops and tests a new theory of racial gaps in political participation
    • Shows how race and lived experience powerfully mediate the emergence of emotions and the effects of emotions on political behavior, challenging assumptions that underpin many existing approaches to political psychology
    • Leverages rich mixed-methods evidence, drawing on survey data from the last forty years, experiments, and rhetoric analysis
    • Offers practical insights for political strategy and framing
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108485906
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 66 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Anger in black and white
    2. Anger (mis)management?
    3. The anger gap and turnout in American politics
    4. From black anger to black activism
    5. The racial enthusiasm advantage in politics
    6. The anger gap, beyond black and white
    7. On dreams deferred and anger inhibited.

  • Author

    Davin L. Phoenix, University of California, Irvine
    Davin L. Phoenix is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research examines how race interacts with different spheres of American politics to shape the attitudes, emotions, and behavior of both everyday people and elites. He is a recipient of the 2016–17 University of California Hellman Fellowship and the 2017–18 Dean's Honoree for Teaching Excellence Award.

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