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Red Families v. Blue FamiliesLegal Polarization and the Creation of Culture$
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Naomi Cahn and June Carbone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199836819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199836819.001.0001

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Personality, Politics, and Religion

Personality, Politics, and Religion

(p.60) Chapter 4 Personality, Politics, and Religion
Red Families v. Blue Families

Naomi Cahn

June Carbone

Oxford University Press

The progression of family structures and their differing values is said to be rooted from changes within the notion of family as the most basic institution, and these differing values pose a serious threat to the established social order. This chapter discusses the emergence of two groups with contrasting ideology, religiosity, and personality type that may have also given rise to different political loyalties. On one hand is the Republican Party which associates cultural anxiety with opposition to traditional family values, and embraces the “traditionalist view”. On the other hand, the Democratic Party champions equality, supports women's greater independence, and advocates personal autonomy regarding family formation, which is also referred to as the “modernist view”. This chapter examines to a greater length the division between red and blue family mindsets in relation to political views and agendas.

Keywords:   family values, Republican Party, traditionalist view, Democratic Party, modernist view, social order

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