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Ballotpedia Insights—Tribalism: The Evolutionary Origins of Fear Politics
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."

Jun 20, 2019 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Stevan Hobfoll
Judd and Marjorie Weinberg Presidential Professor @Rush Medical College
Dr. Stevan Hobfoll has authored and edited 12 books, including Tribalism: the Evolutionary Origins of Fear Politics, Traumatic Stress, the Ecology Of Stress, Stress Culture and Community, and The Imperfect Guardian (an historical novel set in Eastern Europe at the time of WWI). Dr. Hobfoll is currently the Judd and Marjorie Weinberg Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush Medical College in Chicago, joining Rush in 2008. His current research focuses on trauma in zones of conflict and on the connection between stress and biological-health outcomes in women’s lives. Dr. Hobfoll was a Senior Fellow of the Center for National Security Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. Formerly at Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Universities, and an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces, he remains involved with the problem of stress in Israel.
Sarah Rosier
Director of Outreach @Ballotpedia
Sarah Rosier is Director of Outreach for Ballotpedia. Sarah joined the staff in 2013 to direct the Congress project. She then became Federal Desk Editor and transitioned to News Editor in 2017. Previously, Sarah worked in development for a grassroots organization on Capitol Hill. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Rhetoric & Political Culture. When not working, you can find Sarah digging in the dirt at her home in Dunkirk, Maryland, outside with her animals, or napping. Sarah has appeared on national radio programs, including NPR's Here & Now . She has also been featured in publications like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vice, and Teen Vogue.