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In the United States, public opinions have become increasingly polarised. This polarisation leads to ‘othering’, which describes how one group of people can view another group as very different from themselves and depict them in negative ways. Dr Megan Schraedley at West Chester University recently carried out a study exploring how othering arises in the context of US politics, and how it can be disrupted. Understanding how this destructive phenomenon can be disrupted could help policymakers to successfully introduce important legislation.

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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘Creating and disrupting othering during policymaking in a polarized context’, in the Journal of Communication, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqab042

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