This book teaches readers how to engage in civil and productive discussion of controversial political topics. Unique to this book is a section that explains how to discuss politics without feeling angry or hostile toward people who hold different beliefs. In addition, the book provides concise and accessible debates of contemporary issues including gun control, immigration, the Electoral College, mandatory voting, and affirmative action. For each topic, readers are shown that opposing arguments are based on values and concerns that are widely shared by most people regardless of their political leanings. Perfect for students, professors, and citizens alike, this book promotes civility without shying away from controversy.
“Disagreeing Agreeably will get students to think about political disagreement in new ways, get them interested in talking with others about politics, and encourage them to get better educated about the issues they care about.” - Philip Neisser, Dean of Business and Liberal Arts, SUNY Canton, USA
“Glen Smith has written a highly readable text for students to better understand why polarization happens in the context of framing and civility. I highly recommend this engaging text that will help students make sense of major policy debates in American politics. This is an important book at an important time in our country.” - Paul E. Lenze, Jr., Northern Arizona University, USA
Chapter 1: Introduction to Political Hostility
Part 1: A Primer on Political Disagreement
Chapter 2: Where Opinions Come From
Chapter 3: Motivated Reasoning: How we Think and Reason About Politics
Chapter 4: Consider the Source: News Media and Political Hostility
Chapter 5: Can We Talk? How to Engage in Civil Discussions about Politics
Part 2: Taxing and Spending
Chapter 6: Should Medicare be Expanded to Cover All Americans?
Chapter 7: Should College Tuition be Free for All Americans?
Chapter 8: Should Congress Increase Funding for the Military?
Part 3: Social Policy
Chapter 9: Should the Federal Government Legalize Marijuana?
Chapter 10: Should Universities Encourage Affirmative Action Policies?
Chapter 11: Should Illegal Immigrants be Granted Work Visas?
Chapter 12: Should Students be Allowed to Carry Guns on College Campuses?
Part 4: Government Reforms
Chapter 13: Should Congress Have Term Limits?
Chapter 14: Should U.S. Supreme Court Justices be Elected?
Chapter 15: Should Voting be Mandatory in National Elections?
Chapter 16: Should a National Popular Vote Replace the Electoral College?