Culture war

A culture war is a cultural conflict between social groups and the struggle for dominance of their values, beliefs, and practices.[1] It commonly refers to topics on which there is general societal disagreement and polarization in societal values.

Bismarck (left) and the Pope (right), from the German satirical magazine Kladderadatsch, 1875

The term is commonly used to describe aspects of contemporary politics in the United States.[2] This includes wedge issues such as abortion, homosexuality, transgender rights, pornography, multiculturalism, racism and other cultural conflicts based on values, morality, and lifestyle which are described as the major political cleavage.[2]


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