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RICSRE Faculty Seminar Series - “Insurgency or Mainstream Politics: How Emotions Influence the Political Strategies Blacks Pursue to Alleviate Racial Inequality”

RICSRE Faculty Seminar Series with Antoine Banks
“Insurgency or Mainstream Politics: How Emotions Influence the Political Strategies Blacks Pursue to Alleviate Racial Inequality”
Although Blacks are homogenous in their support for racial equality, research shows that they are conflicted in the political strategies their group should adopt to advance its interest. At times, blacks have relied on insurgency tactics to alleviate racial inequality, while at other instances they have depended on mainstream tactics. What remains unclear from this literature are the conditions under which these differing strategies will matter in American politics. We contend thatemotions play an important role in activating certain strategies among blacks. We expect that anger should cause blacks to be more supportive of insurgency tactics, while hope should enhance their support for mainstream tactics. To test our theory, we utilize a national survey experiment and a lab experiment. The findings show that anger increases support for insurgency tactics among black nationalists, while hope increases support for mainstream tactics among blacks that strongly identify as Democrat.
Antoine Banks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. His research interests include racial and ethnic politics, emotions, political psychology, and public opinion. His book, Anger and Racial Politics: The Emotional Foundation of Racial Attitudes in America, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014, explores the link between emotions and racial attitudes and the consequences it has for political preferences. His articles have appeared in journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Analysis, and Political Psychology.
This talk is part of the 2015-16 RICSRE Seminar Series Spotlight on Race and Politics, co-sponsored by the Institute on the Politics of Inequality, Race, and Ethnicity at Stanford (InsPIRES). One speaker will be featured each quarter.

Details

When:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015. 12:00 PM

Where:

Terrace Room, 4th floor, Margaret Jacks Hall, Bldg. 460

Sponsor:

Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and The Institute on the Politics of Inequality, Race, and Ethnicity at Stanford (InsPIRES)
gigio@stanford.edu

Admission:

This event is open to all Stanford faculty, graduate students, and CCSRE affiliates.