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Franz Urban Pappi: Die politisierte Sozialstruktur heute: Historische Reminiszenz oder aktuelles Erklärungspotential? [Abstract]

A conceptual framework describing politicized social structures (coalitions of important societal groups with political parties) is developed, starting from the distinction of class and status politics. This distinction is generalized to cleavages based on associative vs. communal social relationships. The first is exemplified by class, and the latter by religious conflicts within West German society. Both are distinguished from pure interest-driven voting behavior without associative or communal relationships.

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