The Castle Lecture Series - That Is Not Who We Are! Populism and Stories of Peoplehood

Professor Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Associate Dean for Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

Lecture 2 - “What Makes a Good Story?”
Authoritarian, repressive populist stories of peoplehood must be combatted by more egalitarian and inclusive narratives.  To be effective, these stories must resonate with the existing identities and interests of the people they seek to persuade.  They must also include respect for all the diverse members of that people, and be responsive to their different values and needs.