purity spiral

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Etymology[edit]

Used by sociologists Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning.

Noun[edit]

purity spiral (plural purity spirals)

  1. The situation in which members of an ideological group become increasingly zealous and intolerant, eventually turning on other members.
    • 2016, Matthew Sheffield, Rise of the alt-right: How mainstream conservatives' obsession with purity fueled a new right-wing radicalism[1]:
      [T]he American right has been caught in a purity spiral — a form of vicious circle in which successive elites compete among each other over who is the “true conservative.”
    • 2020, Ed West, Small Men on the Wrong Side of History:
      This institutional slant has become most pronounced in universities, which have for several years gone through a 'purity spiral' as conservatives left the field, culminating in a sort of collective meltdown in the mid-2010s.
    • 2020, Joseph P. Laycock, Speak of the Devil, page 74:
      Many of TST's critics did frame the issue in terms of purity and contamination. In a debate on Facebook, one critic responded to Greaves's essay on purity spirals, "There's an old saying I like 'If there's a Nazi sitting at the table and 10 other people sitting there talking to him, you got a table with 11 nazis.'"

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Further reading[edit]

  • Bradley Campbell; Jason Manning (2018) The Rise of Victimhood Culture, page 167
  • Gavin Haynes (2020) How knitting fell into a purity spiral[2]