Generation X and political correctness



Title Generation X and political correctness: ideological and religious transformation among students
Author(s) Thomas N. Trenton
Journal Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers Canadiens de Sociologie
Date 1997
Volume 22
Issue 4
Start page 417
End page 436
Abstract Draws on 1983-1994 questionnaire data from 2,070 first-year sociology students ('Generation X' & 'Bust Generation' members) at the U of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown) to assess changes in students' values & attitudes. Analyses revealed two dimensions - liberalism & puritanism - that were negatively correlated every year; their cross-tabulation produced a four-fold typology labeled leftism, political correctness, traditionalism, & fundamentalism. Political correctness represented a unique blend of a liberalism that supports disadvantaged minorities while upholding institutional moral controls. The dominant ideology shifted from a religiously oriented fundamentalism to a secularly oriented political correctness. Traditionalism all but disappeared, while the secular new leftism remained constant. Political correctness, seen as a dialectic between liberalism & puritanism, is discussed in terms of the larger social context. 8 Tables, 31 References. Adapted from the source document.

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