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The Myth of Culture War:

Paul DiMaggio

in The Fractious Nation?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520220430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220430.003.0005
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This chapter provides a chastening caution to fearsome scenarios of fragmentation by seeking a more precise definition of fragmentation than is common in the popular discussion. It also proposes a solution radical in its clarifying simplicity: look at the survey data to see if the evidence actually sustains the image of warring tribes, each bunkering down in its own cultural world. It notes that according to Hunter and Guinness the United States has been in the midst of a “culture war” in which supporters of traditional morality vie with secular relativists for control of American institutions. It asserts that Americans have become polarized around contrasting positions on social and cultural issues that reflect fundamental moral division.

Keywords: fragmentation; survey data; Hunter and Guinness; culture war; traditional morality; secular relativists; social and cultural issues

Chapter.  7399 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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