Perceptions of moral decline in Middletown

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dc.contributor.advisor Tamney, Joseph B. en_US McElmurray, Kevin L. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:34Z 2011-06-03T19:38:34Z 1999 en_US 1999
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1999 .M34 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study employs a modernization framework to advance the idea that there are three types of morality coexisting in contemporary America. These three types are traditional, modern, and late-modern. Data from the 1998 Middletown Area Survey are examined to test the hypothesis that individuals with higher levels of formal education will tend to characterize "moral decline" in more modern or late-modern terms. The relationship between religious affiliation and characterization of moral decline is also examined. Findings include support for all three types of morality. Education does not directly relate to more modern notions of morality. However it does decrease support for traditional ideas about moral decline. Religious affiliation strongly predicts traditional morality. An expansion of the concept of the late-modern morality is suggested based on the measure's unexpected relationship with issues such as abortion and homosexuality.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Sociology
dc.format.extent vi, 62 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethics -- United States -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethics, Modern -- 20th century -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Public opinion -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Religion and ethics. en_US
dc.title Perceptions of moral decline in Middletown en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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