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The Twilight of Social Conservatism
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The Twilight of Social Conservatism: American Culture Wars in the Obama Era

John Dombrink


This book examines the ongoing contests and shifting political and social landscape of America in the Obama era as it applies to the core elements of the “culture war.” It considers a central disjuncture: the liberalization of American society on many measures, at the same time as the enormous conservative pushback that continues, and a political polarization that still characterizes us in America in 2015. This book concludes that these “wedge issues,” successful in American politics for three decades, have lost their power. This “unwedging” is what characterizes America in 2015, especially am ... More

Keywords: culture war, Obama, Religion, 2012 campaign, Latinos, millennials

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780814795170
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814795170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Dombrink, author
University of California, Irvine