4 R - POLS 206-508 R 10/4 I. History of Public...

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POLS 206-508 R 10/4 I. History of Public Participation II. Political Socialization American Political Culture III. Polling I. History of Public Participation Founding fathers feared government involvement Today’s view of Democracy II. Political Socialization Richard Dawson: “The process through which an individual acquires his or her political feelings and evaluations” You aren’t born with your political orientation It is an ongoing process Parents have biggest influence on political socialization* Drops off around 12 years School has rising influence from 6-20 years Party ID: when you feel a strong affiliation with a political party; doesn’t change drastically (republican would always vote republican) Peer group influences how you feel about certain issues Media has tremendous power to socialize people, especially young children US has a democratic political culture US did not go through feudalism US has no history of socialism The Liberal Tradition in America by Louis Hartz
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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4 R - POLS 206-508 R 10/4 I. History of Public...

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