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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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Provoking Liberals and Campaigning for Republicans

Provoking Liberals and Campaigning for Republicans

Two Conservative Styles at the Western Public Universities

(p.161) Chapter 5 Provoking Liberals and Campaigning for Republicans
Becoming Right

Amy J. Binder

Kate Wood

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the conservative styles of undergraduates at the Western Public system, particularly at Western Flagship University. It first considers how students “perform” conservatism at the university, offering examples of the dominant and submerged political styles used in different clubs on campus, including College Republicans. It then explores why students use these particular forms of conservative political style and not others, noting that conservative students at Western Public provide explanations that are heavy on finger-pointing at liberals. It also analyzes how students' accounts are influenced by the structural and cultural environments of their campuses. It shows that the provocative style is not equally embraced by all right-leaning students on the Western Public campuses; they also resort to the so-called “campaigning style” as a more placid approach to campus politics.

Keywords:   conservative style, undergraduates, provocative style, Western Flagship University, conservatism, political style, College Republicans, conservative students, liberals, campaigning style

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