Political Culture

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In 1963, and then revised in 1965, Almond and Verba created one of the most influential understandings of political culture, which was defined as “the particular distribution of orientation towards political objects among members of the nation” (Denk and Christensen 2016, 178). While Almond and Verba were not part of the curriculum regarding political culture and its nature, they are essential to the discussion, a fact that is reflected by the academics that were read, as academics like Denk and Christensen, Sheafer and Shenhav, and Ross. Denk and Christensen find that in order to understand the makeup of political cultures, it is necessary to first categorize the citizenry in accordance to theories on political subcultures, another idea that …show more content…
Political, on the other hand, is more complicated to define than the noun that is culture. Political is an adjectival qualifier for culture, pertaining to politics, political institutions, and political thought. Political culture would then be manifestations of human interaction and coexistence as they pertain to politics. Simply put, political culture is the societal manifestation of political attitudes and political conversation. While my definition is certainly rough, it is one that can be understood in the context of Almond and Verba’s definition and be susceptible to comparison because of the clarity in which Almond and Verba’s definition is formed.
Amongst the articles both discussing political culture and discussing the role of cultural manifestations, such as religion and ethics, on politics, there are at least three claims that can pinpoint the importance of political culture and demonstrate its use in the scholarship. The first claim comes from Granato, Inglehart, and Leblang, and that is that the cultural values and attitudes of a society can impact the economy positively and
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This one drawback, which in my view is the most challenging to overcome, is the tendency to view all cultural activity that deals within politics as political culture. If one is to look at Almond and Verba’s definition of political culture once more, “the particular distribution of orientation towards political objects among members of the nation,” then it becomes clear that all culture that deals with politics can become political culture, yet what it fails to do is differentiate between cultures that are not political, but can interact politically, and those that are part of political culture (Denk and Christensen 2012, 178). Perhaps this is part of the large critiques of political culture, like the inability to accurately define culture and use it as a unit of analysis, or the idea that culture does not mean political causation (Ross 2009, 152-3; 158). This lack of a clear understanding of the culture aspect of political culture versus nonpolitical culture has the potential to lead towards extraneous studies in the field of comparative

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