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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Estes, Beth Ann
Author's Email Address estes.beth@gmail.com
URN etd-03242017-131203
Title Legislating Status: The Political Fight for Prestige
Degree PhD
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cindy D Kam Committee Chair
Christopher M. Federico Committee Member
Efren O. Perez Committee Member
Marc J. Hetherington Committee Member
Keywords
  • religion
  • status
  • intergroup relations
  • public opinion
  • LGBT
  • gender
Date of Defense 2017-03-01
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Abstract
This dissertation draws upon research in political science, psychology, and sociology to explore how inter-and intra-group social status influences political attitudes across divergent groups and issue areas, such as religion and gender. Using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze both existing and original data, I find that concern about group status is an important force behind support for group-based policies. In other words, group members desire social esteem and adjust their policy preferences in an effort bolster both their group’s social position and their position within the group.
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