Vol. 31, No. 4 (Winter
pp. 459 - 468
Political Correctness, Evangelicalism and
Student Rebellion at British Universities
Edward Croft Dutton
Oulu University, Finland
This article will examine Political Correctness at British universities
and its effect on and relationship with student evangelical
groups. Drawing upon the anthropological method, it will argue
that, for many, contemporary student evangelical groups involve
a 'student rebellion' in relation to Political Correctness.
Thus, it will be demonstrated that the Christian Union is Politically
Incorrect and contains a minority from non-evangelical backgrounds
for whom its views and lifestyle might be seen as a kind of
rebellion. The group has experienced considerable difficulties
with the Politically Correct Student Union, as will be demonstrated.
The article will further examine the evangelical student group
Speak which it will argue - though fundamentally evangelical
- is Politically Correct. Following various definitions of Political
Correctness, it will be argued that Speak's rise can be seen
as a kind of 'student rebellion' amongst conservative evangelicals.
Thus, Political Correctness is both a means of student rebellion
and an object against which students are rebelling depending
on religious background.