Right or Wrong: The Marginalization of Conservative Thought on a Liberal Arts Campus
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This ethnography is a story of perceived marginalization and silencing due to self-identification on a liberal arts campus. Ironically, it is a social group that many often place in the position of “oppressors,” but these people can also imagine themselves at the blunt end of some sort of power relationship. In this ethnography I examine the lived experience of conservatives on a small liberal arts college campus. I intentionally expand on the traditionally leftist notion of “Cultural Hegemony” to make sense of a conservative experience. Throughout the ethnography I dig deeper into what my informants believe to be the mechanisms of power on campus; Common Hour (a weekly speech given on campus), in class interactions, out of class interactions, the protest tree, and the 2016 election. Each gets at a part of the conservative experience on campus, one where they believe themselves to be at the blunt end of an encompassing liberal power apparatus. This ethnography, I hope, will shed light on the somewhat unheard experience of conservatives on college campuses as well as bring to light the extent of the victimhood culture in colleges today.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2018
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