Title page for ETD etd-05162005-084748

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Miller, Bryan Lee
Author's Email Address brmille1@vt.edu
URN etd-05162005-084748
Title Why is the South so Conservative? A Marxian Analysis of Alienation, Religion, and Political Ideology Among Poor Southern White Voters
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Fuhrman, Ellsworth R. Committee Chair
Hawdon, James E. Committee Member
Wimberley, Dale W. Committee Member
  • South
  • Political
  • Religion
  • Marxian
  • Alienation
  • Voting
  • Poor
Date of Defense 2005-05-09
Availability restricted
The purpose of this study is to use Marxist theory of alienation to explain voting patterns among impoverished Southerners. This research is important in explaining the relationship among alienation, religiosity, politics of opposition, and their impact on voting trends in the southern portion of the United States. I will construct a Marxian model based on the literature available and test it by using data in the General Social Survey of 1998. I will construct a concept of class based on the interaction of alienation and income. I will then test it by running multiple linear regressions to see if the hypothesized relationships of positive correlations exist among class and politics of opposition, apathy, and religion. I will also examine the relationship between religion and politics of opposition. And lastly I will see how all of these factors influence political ideology.
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