Philosophy of Science 84 (1):115-159 (2017)

Authors
Daniel J. Singer
University of Pennsylvania
Patrick Grim
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Abstract
Polarization is a topic of intense interest among social scientists, but there is significant disagreement regarding the character of the phenomenon and little understanding of underlying mechanics. A first problem, we argue, is that polarization appears in the literature as not one concept but many. In the first part of the article, we distinguish nine phenomena that may be considered polarization, with suggestions of appropriate measures for each. In the second part of the article, we apply this analysis to evaluate the types of polarization generated by the three major families of computational models proposing specific mechanisms of opinion polarization.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1086/688938
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,091
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

A Formal Theory of Social Power.John R. P. French - 1956 - Psychological Review 63 (3):181-194.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Scientific Polarization.Cailin O’Connor & James Owen Weatherall - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 8 (3):855-875.

View all 19 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Why Did John Herschel Fail to Understand Polarization? The Differences Between Object and Event Concepts.Xiang Chen - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 34 (3):491-513.
Infostorms.Pelle G. Hansen, Vincent F. Hendricks & Rasmus K. Rendsvig - 2013 - Metaphilosophy 44 (3):301-326.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-09-14

Total views
66 ( #173,555 of 2,506,293 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #118,921 of 2,506,293 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes