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Lorena Phillips
SOC 3336
May 3, 2010
Dr. Howard Barnes
Final Paper What seems to come to your mind when you think of culture wars? In my opinion, a culture war involves violent acts portrayed against one another’s own culture. However, when I looked at the definition it defines as; “a metaphor used to claim that political conflict is based on sets of conflicting cultural values. The term frequently implies a conflict between those values considered traditional conservative and those considered progressive or liberal. The "culture war" is sometimes traced to the 1960s and has taken various forms since then” (www.wikipedia.org). The origin of the culture wars can be described from the 1800s to present day America. The term culture wars has been used by the English for many years to refer to battles between cultures, struggles between cultures literally, and so on. For example, there was a culture war between the Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck of the German Empire back in 1871 to 1878 against the influence of the Roman Catholic Church. “As an American phenomenon, its origin was in the 1920s when urban and rural American values came into clear conflict. This followed several decades of immigration to the cities by elements considered alien by the earlier immigrants and was a result of the cultural shifts and modernizing trends of the Roaring 20s, culminating in the presidential campaign of Al Smith” (www.wikipedia.org). In 1990, however, sociologist, James Davidson Hunter described his view on how he saw a huge problem with American politics and culture. “ He argued that on an increasing number of "hot-button" defining issues — abortion, gun politics, separation of church and state, privacy, recreational drug use, homosexuality, censorship issues — there had come to be two definable polarities. Furthermore, it was not just that there were a number of divisive…...

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