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April 29, 2005

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Lester Spence

There's a whole set of folks in political science who basically argue that "ideology" is the product of opinion leaders and people get their political ideas from these opinion leaders. They're talking largely about whites, but the argument is a universal one. In response there've been a few people who have used the experiences of black people to make the argument that ideology doesn't necessarily flow from the top down, but can flow from the bottom up...or even flow somewhere off on the side. There is a way to get at this question experimentally...I think Melissa Harris-Lacewell's BARBERSHOPS, BIBLES, AND BET might get at some of this.

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