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culture war

Definition of Culture War

(noun) A political struggle caused by conflict between sets of social beliefs and cultural values.

Example of Culture War

Culture War Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈkəltʃər wɔ(ə)r/
    • British English
      • /ˈkʌltʃə wɔː/
  • Syllabification: (cul·ture war)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: culture wars
  • Often written in the plural form: culture wars or “the culture wars.”

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Works Consulted

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Henslin, James M. 2012. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. 10th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

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Schaefer, Richard. 2013. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Cite the Definition of Culture War

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “culture war.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 26, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/culture-war/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

culture war. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/culture-war/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “culture war.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 26, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/culture-war/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“culture war.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 26 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/culture-war/>.