Status quo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Status Quo)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Status quo or Statu quo is a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regard to social or political issues.[1] In the sociological sense, it generally applies to maintaining or changing existing social structure and/or values.[2] With regard to policy debate, it means how conditions are, inviting a good or bad analysis of them, for example "The countries are now trying to maintain a status quo with regards to their nuclear arsenal which will help them if the situation gets any worse."[3]

To maintain the status quo is to keep things the way they presently are. The related phrase status quo ante, literally "the state in which before",[4] emphasises "the state of affairs that existed" (previously).[4][failed verification]

Political usage[edit]

Via social movements the status quo might be overhauled. These seek to alleviate or prevent a particular issue and often to shape social feeling and cultural expression of a society or nation.[5] The status quo is at least in part rejected by their protagonists – progressives – leading the movement.[6] Those defending range from debaters, compromisers, election and referendum givers to dogmatism and totalitarians (termed, where a social or legal change is made by the progressives, the reactionary side or reactionaries).[6]

Advocating to improve the status quo is a persuasive rhetorical device. This is sometimes critiqued as a policy of deliberate ambiguity as not formalizing or defining the adverse situation.

In democratic meetings, a casting vote will often be subject to a custom that is cast per the status quo, the heart of Speaker Denison's rule. Clark Kerr reportedly said: "The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed".[7]

Karl Marx viewed organized religion as a means for the bourgeoisie to keep the proletariat content with an unequal status quo.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Status Quo" - Google Definitions
  2. ^ Dr. C. Michael Botterweck. "Glossary for Sociology 100". academics.triton.edu. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ Status quo.TheIdioms.com - Online Idioms Dictionary
  4. ^ a b "Status Quo Definition". dictionary.reference.com. Dictionary.com. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  5. ^ Clark, Pamela (2000). "The Social Climate". The Optimal Environment: Part Four. www.featherpicking.com. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  6. ^ a b "Status Quo - Dictionary Definition". vocabulary.com. vocabulary.com. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  7. ^ Seymour, Daniel (2015-12-07). Momentum: The Responsibility Paradigm and Virtuous Cycles of Change in Colleges and Universities. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781475821048.
  8. ^ Boundless. "Religion and Social Control." Boundless Sociology. Boundless, 27 Jun. 2014. Retrieved 08 Feb. 2015 [1]