Status Tensions

Etienne Schweisguth

in The Impact of Values

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294757
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599040 | DOI:

Series: Beliefs in Government

Status Tensions

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The central hypothesis of this chapter is that members of the middle class are conservative on socio‐economic issues but progressive on cultural issues, whereas members of the working class are progressive on socio‐economic issues but conservative on cultural issues. This can create contradictory effects within an individual's political orientation, in terms of three value orientations – left‐right materialism, libertarianism/post‐modernism, and materialism/post‐materialism.

Keywords: class conflict; libertarianism; materialism; materialism; post‐materialism; post‐modernism

Chapter.  7572 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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