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Going to Extremes By Cass R. Sunstein (Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University)

Going to Extremes
by Cass R. Sunstein (Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University)

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Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide by Cass R. Sunstein (Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University)

Why do people become extremists? What makes people become so dismissive of opposing views? Why is political and cultural polarization so pervasive in America? In Going to Extremes, renowned legal scholar and best-selling author Cass R. Sunstein offers startling insights into why and when people gravitate toward extremism. Sunstein marshals a wealth of evidence that shows that when like-minded people gather in groups, they tend to become more extreme in their views than they were before. Thus when liberals group get together to debate climate change, they end up more alarmed about climate change, while conservatives brought together to discuss same-sex unions become more set against same-sex unions. In courtrooms, radio stations, and chatrooms, enclaves of like-minded people are breeding ground for extreme movements. Indeed, Sunstein shows that a good way to create an extremist group, or a cult of any kind, is to separate members from the rest of society, either physically or psychologically. Sunstein's findings help to explain such diverse phenomena as political outrage on the Internet, unanticipated "blockbusters" in the film and music industry, the success of the disability rights movement, ethnic conflict in Iraq and former Yugoslavia, and Islamic terrorism. Providing a wealth of real-world examples-sometimes entertaining, sometimes alarming-Sunstein offers a fresh explanation of why partisanship has become so bitter and debate so rancorous in America and abroad.

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Going to Extremes Reviews


"A path-breaking exploration of the perils and possibilities created by polarization among the like-minded."-Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-author of unSpun and Echo Chamber

About Cass R. Sunstein (Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University)


Cass R. Sunstein is the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama Administration and the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including the New York Times best-seller Nudge (with Richard Thaler), Infotopia, Republic 2.0, Worst-Case Scenarios, Radicals in Robes, Why Societies Need Dissent, and Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech.

Table of Contents


1. Polarization 2. Extremism: Why and When 3. Movements 4. Three Ways to Prevent Extremism 5. Good Extremism Appendix: Findings of Group Polarization Acknowledgements

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Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide by Cass R. Sunstein (Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University)
Cass R. Sunstein (Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University)
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Oxford University Press Inc
2011-03-04
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