Title

A Study of the Relationship between Religious Fundamentalism and the "Far Right" in Contemporary American Politics

Publication Year

1964

Keywords

United States politics, religious fundamentalism, far right politics, conservatism, politics and society

Disciplines

American Politics | Political History | Political Science | Politics and Social Change | Social History | Sociology | United States History

Abstract

The term "right" has come to mean in political terms primarily a vehement nationalism and an opposition to government action to promote economic and social equality. By "authoritarian" is meant a desire to narrow the acceptable range of deviance from community norms governing behavior and ideas. By "conservative" is meant a desire to preserve established traditions or institutions and a resistance or opposition to any changes in these. A general, and far from precise definition of the radical right would be that it is a faction of conservatism which is both rightist and authoritarian.

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