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Liberal Versus Conservative Stinks
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2008 (English)In: Society (New Brunswick), ISSN 0147-2011, Vol. 45, no 6, 488-495 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In a recent Public Opinion Quarterly article “Is the Academy a Liberal Hegemony?,” John Zipp and Rudy Fenwick pit themselves against “right-wing activists and scholars,” citing our scholarship (Klein and Stern in Academic Questions 18(1): 40–52, 2005a; Klein and Western in Academic Questions 18(1): 53–65, 2005). Here, we analyze Zipp and Fenwick’s characterization of our research and find it faulty. We, then, turn to their self-identification “liberal vs. conservative” findings and show they concord with our analysis. If one feels that it is a problem that humanities and social science faculty at 4-year colleges and universities are vastly predominantly democratic voters, mostly with views that may called establishment-left, progressive, or status-quo oriented, then such concerns should not be allayed by Zipp and Fenwick’s article. We commence the article with a criticism of the “liberal versus conservative” framework because it is the source of much of the confusion surrounding controversies such as the one over the ideological profile of faculty.

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New York: SpringerLink , 2008. Vol. 45, no 6, 488-495 p.
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Liberal Conservative Democratic Republican Humanities Academia Professors Ideology
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36593DOI: 10.1007/s12115-008-9150-0OAI: diva2:289763
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2010-01-25 Last updated: 2010-01-26Bibliographically approved

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