Country Music: A Bomb Shelter in the Culture Wars

Will Wilkinson on how country music reinforces the psychological differences between conservatives and liberals:

My conjecture, then, is that country music functions in part to reinforce in low-openness individuals the idea that life’s most powerful, meaningful emotional experiences are precisely those to which conservative personalities living conventional lives are most likely to have access. And it functions as a device to coordinate members of conservative-minded communities on the incomparable emotional weight of traditional milestone experiences.


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