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Class Differences in Social and Political Attitudes in the United States

Leslie McCall and Jeff Manza

in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199545636
Published online September 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545636.003.0034

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Class Differences in Social and Political Attitudes in the United States

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This chapter takes a look at class differences in political and social attitudes in the United States. The first section briefly describes some of the modern and classical controversies with regards to class differences in public opinion. Next, the chapter considers some of the definitional issues that have hindered work in this area, and offers some descriptive examples of variation in political and social attitudes across the different specifications of class. It ends with a summary of the current status of research, and possible directions that it may take in future.

Keywords: class differences; political attitudes; social attitudes; controversies; definitional issues; variation; specifications of class

Article.  8364 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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