Chapter 3 - Chapter 3: Culturedefined in two distinct ways:...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Chapter 3: Culture—defined in two distinct ways: 1) as a particular group’s underlying values, and 2) as a system of meaning that shapes the way members of groups make sense of the people and events they encounter o Both views reflect culture as a collective concept—it takes a group to have culture, an individual cannot have culture Political culture—underlying set of values and beliefs about politics and the system of meaning for interpreting politics held by a given population o Beliefs about authority: vertical social relations occur in hierarchical societies, with those on top having the right to impose their decisions upon those at the bottom; horizontal social relation’s emphasize equality and a role for many members of society to help shape political and social decisions o Group versus individual: individualistic political cultures discourage governments from implementing policies that protect groups or that level the economic playing field in society; collectivistic political cultures tend to coincide with government programs aimed at benefiting large numbers of people o Liberty versus security: where freedom is more important than order and security, there will be a strong emphasis on “negative rights”—freedom from
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/26/2012 for the course POL 221 taught by Professor Ganev during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

Page1 / 2

Chapter 3 - Chapter 3: Culturedefined in two distinct ways:...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online