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Social factors and effects of liberalism

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A special dimension of Mannheim’s sociological constellation of liberalism as an ideology was the new social stratification, specifically class structure, emerging in modern dynamic “bourgeois” society during post-medieval times. Contemporary sociologists follow or echo Marx and Mannheim by contending that social liberalism, including welfare-state ideology, originated in consequence to the “unsettling class conflict” between bourgeois and other, primarily working, classes within Western societies as “core states” during early industrial capitalism. Liberalism as an ideology and social system was and remained essentially an attempt to transcend what Weber calls traditionalism, specifically medievalism and feudalism, as well as patrimonialism overall, with its economic serfdom, political despotism, religious coercion and theocracy, in the Western world.

Keywords: egalitarianism; liberal society; liberalism; Mannheim; social factors



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