Differentiation and Integration: Two Dimensions of Political Thinking

  title={Differentiation and Integration: Two Dimensions of Political Thinking},
  author={W. Neuman},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1236 - 1268}
  • W. Neuman
  • Published 1981
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • Conceptual differentiation refers to the number of discrete elements of political information individuals utilize in their evaluation of political issues. In contrast with the more commonly used textbookish political knowledge indices, this measure corresponds more closely to knowledge-in-use. Conceptual integration is defined as the spontaneous and explicit organization of ideas and information in terms of abstract or ideological constructs and represents an expansion of Philip Converse's… CONTINUE READING
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