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Socially distant: How our divided social networks explain our politics

Socially distant: How our divided social networks explain our politics

In the midst of a heated presidential election, health pandemic, and social unrest, it is more important than ever to understand how our personal attributes and identities shape our thinking and influence our behavior. The American National Social Network Survey helps us understand how our core social networks exert a powerful influence over what we do, what we believe, and what we know.…

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Daniel A. Cox, Brent Orrell
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Daniel A. Cox
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Daniel A. Cox, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
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