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Special Report: Conservative Movements
An Ethnography of Traditionalist Activists of the Institut Civitas
By Kevin Geay

Traditionalist activists of Civitas Institute are talked about but remain sociologically unknown. Where do they come from, why do they express their radical involvment in that organization? How are they attracted by a kind of commitment that may marginalize them from young adults’ social groups? The participant observation survey introduced here describes the early enrolment of traditionalists in the blue thread of counter-revolutionary memory. Yet young activists’ conformity to such a dictated role has a cost for Civitas. The traditionalist institute is strained under the wish to widen its audience beyond its historical breeding ground and its inability to compromise with the esoteric practices that specify and unify it.

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