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Political Correctness: mental disorder, childish fad or advance of human civilization?


Geser, H (2010). Political Correctness: mental disorder, childish fad or advance of human civilization? Sociology in Switzerland: Online Publications 2, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Using a functionalist approach, the rise of Political Correctness can be explained either as a correlate of struggles among elites or as an outcome of societal developments on macrosociological and macrocultural levels. From a mesosociological perspective, it seems fruitful to consider PC as a strategy of academics and other cultural elites for securing status and generating political legitimation and support.In a macrosociological view, the emergence of Political Correctness may be explained as a
first, still highly tentative way to cope with globalization and multiculturalization.

Abstract

Using a functionalist approach, the rise of Political Correctness can be explained either as a correlate of struggles among elites or as an outcome of societal developments on macrosociological and macrocultural levels. From a mesosociological perspective, it seems fruitful to consider PC as a strategy of academics and other cultural elites for securing status and generating political legitimation and support.In a macrosociological view, the emergence of Political Correctness may be explained as a
first, still highly tentative way to cope with globalization and multiculturalization.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:20 Jun 2011 09:21
Last Modified:28 Jun 2022 16:06
Series Name:Sociology in Switzerland: Online Publications
Number of Pages:41
OA Status:Green
Official URL:http://www.geser.net/pc2.pdf
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