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    The new culture wars: why critical race theory matters more than cancel culture

    Kaufmann, Eric (2022) The new culture wars: why critical race theory matters more than cancel culture. Social Science Quarterly 103 (4), pp. 773-788. ISSN 0038-4941.

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    This paper argues that a set of ‘New Culture Wars’ over questions of majority identity protection and free speech have become important in American politics. Due to the distinctive moral foundations of conservative voters, this paper argues that perceived attacks on white and American identity are a more powerful source of grievance for Republican voters than concerns over freedom of expression. Data show that Republican voters are no more likely to fear career consequences or dismissal for speech than Democrats. Republicans are also more opposed to teaching critical perspectives on race and history in schools than they are to employees being fired for dissenting speech within organizations. Strong white identifiers are both more opposed to diversity training which emphasizes white racism and less opposed to firing people for disputed cases of racist or sexist speech. It is hypothesized that the conservative moral foundation of group loyalty helps to explain these findings.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Eric Kaufmann
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 15:12
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:16


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