Contextual determinants of feminist attitudes: National and subnational influences in Western Europe

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We augment the survey-based studies of attitudes toward feminism with comparative, contextual perspectives emphasizing the importance of social structure and culture. In doing so, we are able to assess the relative merits of two very different structural theories. Most researchers implicitly assume a simple linear effect of social context on attitudes. On the other hand, some early works on American conservatism suggest to us that status discontent may be a better explanation. We explicate these two approaches and derive a series of testable hypotheses for each. We then examine the validity of these theories utilizing data from nine European nations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-157
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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