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The Reluctant Right: Right-Wing Anti-Communism Among Libertarian University Students

Armand L. Mauss
Sociology of Education
Vol. 40, No. 1 (Winter, 1967), pp. 39-54
DOI: 10.2307/2112186
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2112186
Page Count: 16
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The Reluctant Right: Right-Wing Anti-Communism Among Libertarian University Students
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Abstract

Most studies of right-wing anti-Communism among students and others have assumed that phenomenon to be part of a general pattern of intolerance, based either upon certain psychological variables (e.g., the "authoritarian personality") or upon social background factors, such as class or status. This paper considers right-wing anti-Communism in an otherwise highly tolerant student population--i.e. apart from intolerance generally--and suggests that certain religious and secular value commitments are a principal source of militant anti-Communism among the otherwise tolerant. The study is largely a secondary analysis of data gathered during December, 1957, for the University of California Civil Liberties Study by Selvin and Hagstrom, supplemented by more recent survey data gathered by the author from two anti-Communist student organizations on the Berkeley campus.

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