Cultural conservatism

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Cultural conservatism is described as the protection of a cultural heritage of a nation or of a culture that is not defined by national boundaries.[1] Cultural conservatism may be concerned with a culture attached to a given language, such as Arabic or Turkish.

The shared culture may be as divergent as Western culture or Chinese culture.

Cultural conservatism is distinct from social conservatism, although there are some overlaps. Social conservatives believe that the government has a role in encouraging or enforcing what they consider traditional values or behaviors. A social conservative wants to preserve traditional morality and social mores, often through civil law or regulation. Social conservatives generally view any social change as suspect, rather than just those related to culture or cultural tradition.

In the United States, cultural conservative may imply a conservative position in the culture wars.[citation needed] An example of a cultural conservative in the broader sense is Allan Bloom, arguing in The Closing of the American Mind against cultural relativism. Another example is Senator Jim Webb (D-Virginia), author of Born Fighting.[citation needed]

Russian culture has been defended on grounds the destruction of traditional values is undemocratic.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cultural conservatism, political liberalism: from criticism to cultural studies by James Seaton, University of Michigan Press, 1996 ISBN 978-0-472-10645-5, ISBN 978-0-472-10645-5
  2. ^ Arakelyan, Lilia (2017-09-08). Russian Foreign Policy in Eurasia: National Interests and Regional Integration. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-315-46835-8.

Further reading[edit]

  • John J. Langdale III, Superfluous Southerners: Cultural Conservatism and the South, 1920–1990. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2012.