Next Topic: Why do we believe the way we do? What influences our actions in regards to participation in the democratic process?
Political socialization is a concept concerning the “study of the developmental processes by which children and adolescents acquire political cognition, attitudes and behaviors”
For example: Parents don’t vote: KIDS won’t vote; Parents are die-hard Republicans: KIDS become die-hard Republicans, etc…
Political Socialization Guess the top 8 specific reasons we believe what we do when it comes to politics….
Top 8 Answers #8 Geography #7 Age #6 Gender #5 Race #4 Religion #3 Media #2 School (peers and teachers) #1 Family – Parents/Guardians
What single factor contributes most to those who WILL and DO vote? Education Level
Political Efficacy Indicates our faith and trust in government and our own belief that we can understand and influence government
Political Efficacy Internal: one can understand the system and participates “Positive vs. Negative” External: one can make a difference and participates
6 Classifications of Participation Inactives: Participate little if at all Parochial participants: Neither vote nor engage in community activity, but they do contact officials about specific, personal problems. Communalists: Engage in community activities of a nonpartisan nature.
6 Classifications of Participation Voting Specialists: Regularly vote but do little else. Campaigners: Vote and also participate in political activities like campaigns. Complete Activists: Participate in all forms of political activity