I have been steadfast at work analyzing data I recently collected on the views and ideological proclivities of criminologists. The results so far are striking but I want to take the time necessary to fully understand the patterns in the data.
As part of my research on the role and functioning of ideology in an academic setting, I have been reading broadly--especially in political science and psychology. Several studies are noteworthy but this one, which is attached below, was particularly troubling.
Those of you familiar with tests of bias or tests of implicit bias understand the theory--we hold views that are sometimes unexamined, maybe even unconscious, and almost always negative towards some “other” group. A lot of work has been done on race, for example.
What the attached article shows is the depth of political partisanship in America. However, the authors also show that partisans on either side of the distribution of political ideology hold very negative views about each other. VERY NEGATIVE. In tests of implicit bias, moreover, these scholars found that the degree of bias between political partisans is much larger than the degree of bias between whites and blacks. You get that: Political partisanship generates more bias, implicit or otherwise, than race.
Think about the possible consequences of this general finding for the social sciences and the humanities. Using the data I just collected, I was able to largely replicate the findings on political partisanship.
Give their work a close read.........
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology