ERIC Number: ED110239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-24
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Status Inconsistency in Rural Areas: A Replication and Critique.
Salopek, Phillip A.; Vanderpool, Christopher K.
Replicating the work of others who hypothesized that status inconsistancy increases political liberalism, this study involved a random sample of rural Michigan population. Utilizing multiple regression analysis, respondents were scored on the variables of occupation, income, education, religion, and political party preference. Hypotheses tested were: (1) political liberalism is inversely related to achieved socioeconomic status; (2) controlling for additive effects of achieved statuses on political liberalism, status inconsistent individuals are more liberal than status consistent people; (3) and (4) controlling for additive effects of achieved statuses, respondents with high educational investments but low rewards tend to be politically liberal, while those with high rewards tend to be conservative; (5) controlling for additive effects of achieved socioeconomic statuses, Catholics are more liberal than non-Catholics; (6) and (7) controlling for additive effects of achieved statuses and of religion, Catholics of high achieved status are more liberal than other Catholics, while Protestants of low achieved status are more liberal than other Protestants. No association was found between liberalism and status imbalance, but it was suggested that theory substantiation might demand more adequate theory specification and consideration of social psychological and social structural issues. (Author/JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan