Join us on June 20th when we speak with Dr. Stevan Hobfoll, the author of Tribalism: The Evolutionary Origins of Fear Politics. In this discussion, Dr. Hobfoll and Ballotpedia's Director of Outreach, Sarah Rosier, will discuss how the political environment has changed and what instigated these shifts. Dr. Hobfoll has spent years researching the impact of traumatic stress on an individual's health and will bring that expertise to our discussion of current political movements.
On Amazon, Dr. Hobfoll's book is described as:
"Unearthing the most primal motivations behind the fear politics movements sweeping across the USA, Europe, and the Middle East, Stevan E. Hobfoll examines how the increasing sense of threat from the political and cultural “other” or “outsider” engenders an evolutionary, built-in “defend and aggress” response. This deep-wired evolutionary response is a defining aspect of our tribal origins and has allowed for the rise of propaganda, extremist politics, and―in turn―violence. In this timely work, which binds theories in psychology, sociology, evolution, biology, linguistics, iconography, rhetoric, and religion, Hobfoll explores the tribalist roots of radical militant Islam, violence against women, white supremacy, the rise of authoritarian leaders, and an increasingly polarized and uncompromising political landscape. Grounded in evolutionary psychological research, Hobfoll’s long term study of stress, and in conversation with contemporary academic literature, Tribalism not only offers an explanation for society’s worst impulses, but also points us towards the best protections against tribalism and other evolutionary traps."