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Start With The Basics Pt 3

Traditionalism and hostility to social innovation were central to Mannheim’s … sociological analysis of conservatism. Rossiter … too, defined situational conservatism in the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences as ‘an attitude of opposition to disruptive change in the social, economic, legal, religious, political, or cultural order….’ He added, The distinguishing mark of this conservatism, as indeed it is of any brand of conservatism, is the fear of change [italics added], which becomes transformed in the political arena into the fear of radicalism….’ Consistent with this notion, Conover and Feldman … found that the primary basis for self-definitions of liberals and conservatives has to do with acceptance of, versus resistance to, change. [***] [citations and references in original quote]

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