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Becoming RightHow Campuses Shape Young Conservatives$
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Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691145372

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691145372.001.0001

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How Conservatives Think about Campus

How Conservatives Think about Campus

The Effects of College Reputations, Social Scenes, and Academics on Student Experience

(p.113) Chapter 4 How Conservatives Think about Campus
Becoming Right

Amy J. Binder

Kate Wood

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the institutional dynamics—that is, the organizational arrangements, cultural ideas, and practices in place at Eastern Elite University and Western Flagship University—to see how they affect student conservatism at both campuses. More specifically, it explores what conservative students say they find when they arrive on the Western Public and Eastern Elite campuses—and the degree to which students comment on their university's politics. The chapter first considers each university's reputation in the higher education sector and how a school's standing in the larger field of universities might influence students' perceptions of their experiences as conservatives in college. It then discusses extracurricular aspects of college life, focusing on the social and residential scene at each school, as well as academics. In particular, it analyzes how several aspects of scholastic life work on the two campuses and how they affect students' experiences as conservatives.

Keywords:   institutional dynamics, Eastern Elite University, Western Flagship University, student conservatism, conservative students, politics, college life, student experience

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