Political Science Emotion and Racial Attitudes in Contemporary American Politics
by
Antoine Banks
  • LAST MODIFIED: 28 September 2016
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0191

Introduction

The debate on race in American politics—past and present—has stimulated strong emotions. Scholars have recently begun to study the influence discrete emotions have on Americans’ attitudes and opinions about race. Understanding the effect emotions have on racial attitudes is of practical importance. For example, studies have demonstrated that the emotional rhetoric in American politics can increase hostility toward racial and ethnic minorities. The research on emotion and racial attitudes in American politics is interdisciplinary and includes political scientists, psychologists, sociologists, communication scholars, and others.

Journals

Research journals from a variety of disciplines have published work on the relationship between emotions and attitudes about race. These journals are in disciplines such as political science and psychology. Examples of these journals include the American Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, Political Behavior, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. These journals publish on a variety of topics, but all have published work on emotions and race.

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