Social Sciences

Revealing how society works

Research in the social sciences gives us insights into our human behavior in all its social and cultural contexts. These explanations of human behavior patterns and their consequences illuminate how our society works—from the economy to politics to what makes people happy.

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Can we have civil discussion on social media?

IU Bloomington social scientists are exploring whether it is possible to have balanced political discussion on social media, with the goal of providing tools that will help others create a more inclusive and democratic online public sphere.

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Analyzing 'us v. them' language in politics, policy

Using almost 100 years of speeches from the U.S. Congressional Record, an IU researcher and colleagues are studying how members of Congress use language to draw boundaries and define who is “American” and who is not.

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Understanding Christian nationalism

IUPUI sociologist Andrew Whitehead and co-author Sam Perry of the University of Oklahoma have published a new book that provides the first large-scale empirical understanding of how widely-held the belief is that the U.S. is a Christian nation.

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