The Rise of Cultural Issues: Trends and Developments in American Society

The rise of cultural issues: Trends and developments in American society

The previous three chapters have been devoted to class—the developments in American society that have kept class concerns alive and relevant, the response of the political parties to these concerns, and, finally, how voters have reacted to both class concerns and the parties’ responses to these concerns. But this book is about cultural as well as class issues, and this chapter reintroduces cultural issues to the analysis. Recall Pat Buchanan's declarations in Chapter 1 that America was in the midst of a “cultural war,” a “struggle for the soul of America.” Buchanan likely found the rhetoric to express his sentiments in Culture Wars: The ...

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