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In this essay, we confront the "conventional wisdoms" promoted throughout this long presidential campaign. By conventional wisdoms, we mean the common knowledge of politics - the things that commentators and analysts forward as taken-for-granted assertions and beliefs. We will revisit just a few of the campaign season's conventional wisdoms and review them with a sociological eye. In so doing, we find that in politics, as in most other areas, conventional wisdom can be a risky source of knowledge.



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Ruane, J. M., & Cerulo, K. A. (2008, December). The forum: Second thoughts on presidential politics. In Sociological Forum (Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 852-860). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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