Volgy Study Guide

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Volgy Study Guide Chapter 1 1. What do Tom Volgy's early experiences in the U.S. tell us about the differences in political socialization that occur depending on race, ethnicity, region, family values, etc.? Why, after all he went through, did he become an avid defender of America? 2. Compare the political outlooks of Tom Volgy and his parents. In what ways did they differ, and why? 3. How does Volgy contrast the southwest with older cities and regions? 4. Volgy says "my story is a dangerous one." What does he mean by that? 5. When Volgy says "I would not have made it without some of those [public] policies, what kinds of policies is he referring to? 6. Volgy asys that the main thing voters lack is "empathy." What does he mean by that? How does it differ from lack of "knowledge?" Chapter 2 1. Are Volgy's comments about the pessimism of citizens toward the U.S. government still accurate? Why or why not? 2. When large numbers of citizens see the government as illegitimate and not credible, Volgy says, democracy is in danger. What is the nature of the danger? 3. What does Volgy mean when he calls the U.S. system of government a "political laboratory?" Why does that place extra demands on citizens? 5. How have parties declined, and why does volgy regard that as unfortunate? What other "mediating institutions" are there? Are they declining as well? 6. What does Volgy mean when he says the media give us a sense of "false closeness?"
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course PSCI 1014 taught by Professor Cewalcott during the Spring '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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