BRC047 Free Speech on US College Campuses


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Republicans are more likely to tolerate speakers with political views different from their own on US college campuses than Democrats and liberals, a new study finds. The results seem surprising since in previous studies on political tolerance Democrats had always turned out to be more tolerant. Sociologist Anna Boch conducted the study and interprets her findings in the BredowCast. When it comes to allowing speakers with extreme political views to speak on US college campuses, self-proclaimed Democrats seem to be less open to opinions very different from their own. In that regard, Republicans are more tolerant. These findings are part of Anna Bochs dissertation project, in which she examines the attitude of US citizens towards free speech in academic contexts and its impact on social discourse. To understand the results, Anna Boch points out, it is important to be aware of the role that a college campus plays in the student life in the USA. For many US students the campus is not only a place of learning and research but also their home. Most of them live in dorms right on campus. A speaker with extreme or controversial views speaking on campus has thus a different connotation in the US university context than at European universities which are perceived as part of public space and students do not identify as strongly with. In conversation with Johanna Sebauer, Anna Boch outlines the reasons for this new “democratic intolerance” and also explains why women are seemingly less tolerant than men and younger people are less tolerant than older ones. Anna Boch is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Stanford. From June to August 2019 Boch was a guest researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut. --- Links Anna Boch Zur Studie Anna Bochs Paper „The Limits of Tolerance: Extreme Speakers on Campus“ erscheint Ende 2019 im Journal “Social Problems” „The Coddeling of the American Mind“ – Atlantic-Artikel von Greg Lukianoff und Jonathan Haidt Johanna Sebauer Auf Twitter - @JohannaSebauer - Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut Auf Twitter - @BredowInstitut -


1. Introduction Anna Boch (00:00:31)

2. Political Tolerance among Liberals and Conservatives towards Extreme Speakers (00:02:23)

3. Student Life on US College Campuses (00:07:39)

4. The History of Free Speech on US College Campuses (00:09:47)

5. Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings (00:14:43)

6. Researching Political Tolerance (00:18:40)

7. Demographic Aspects Influencing Political Tolerance (00:28:25)

8. Are Today's Students Snowflakes? (00:32:03)

9. Instrumentalization of Research Results (00:34:10)

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