Power of Vulnerability in Politics: Political Division as Control
University of Wisconsin--Stout. Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
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This pilot research was aimed at evaluating political divisiveness that occurs in the United States. The purpose of this study was to look at why political divisiveness continues to grow in the country, as well as what can be done to help explain and diminish it. The literature review addressed previous research that was done on political divisiveness and how politics affects interpersonal relationships. The research was conducted using two focus groups, followed by two interviews. The focus groups and the interviews were transcribed and analyzed to find five different themes: respect, productive conversation, fear of shame or discomfort, being vulnerable, and learning. The theories of cultural hegemony, vulnerability, and shame were used to explain what is occurring with this exploratory research. The conclusion thus far is when people are vulnerable or are more open to being vulnerable, they can have productive political conversations. What was also found was that people in power control the status quo, using political ideology and division to maintain dominance.
McConville, M. (2021). Power of Vulnerability in Politics: Political Division as Control. University of Wisconsin-Stout Journal of Student Research, 19, 95-105.