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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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The Theory behind the Findings

The Theory behind the Findings

How Studying College Conservatives Extends Our Understanding of Higher Education, Politics, and Culture

(p.309) Chapter 8 The Theory behind the Findings
Becoming Right

Amy J. Binder

Kate Wood

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines in more abstract terms how universities, in combination with the broader political culture, cultivate distinctive styles of conservatism among students. It reviews research in the fields of higher education studies, cultural sociology, political theory, and organization studies to capture some of the more general processes observed at Eastern Elite University and Western Flagship University. In particular, it considers how social and cultural capital gives rise to the particular dominant conservative styles of civilized discourse at Eastern Elite, provocation in the Western Public university system, and the submerged styles seen at these different campuses. The chapter concludes by arguing that the model developed for studying student conservatism on both campuses is general enough to be useful to scholars studying other aspects of students' lives other than politics.

Keywords:   political culture, higher education, cultural sociology, Eastern Elite University, Western Flagship University, social capital, cultural capital, conservative style, civilized discourse, student conservatism

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