Definition Of Political Socialization

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Our book gives the definition of political socialization as: The process by which individuals come to adopt the attitudes, values, beliefs and opinions of their political culture.

Socialization is the term we give for how our environment shapes our beliefs.

Studies show that the process of socialization begins as early as pre-school age. When we are young we are very impressionable and all the things around us in our environment help us to form an opinion(s) about our surroundings and help us to form beliefs about certain systems or things such as politics.

Socialization starts by people and events in our environment that leave a lasting impression on us. For example, if our parents watch the news every night and comment on agreeing
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For example, a friend in school may disagree with prayer in public school because his parents are not religious or they may outwardly make protesting comments about it being inappropriate and unconstitutional so now the human mind must decipher differing opinions and form its own, however, it may side with their young friend simply because a friendship may influence them more than their parents opinions at that time. Learning about history in school and the effect it has had on our world will also affect socialization and help to form new opinions whether the same or differing from their previous ones in their home environment. For example, a child who has been reared in a home with racial prejudice will learn in school how unjust and unconstitutional that is and that every person no matter what their race, religion, or sex has the right to the same basic civil rights that they do. An additional example would be that children who are reared in a household that is involved in politics will observe politics and likely become involved in the political discussion at home. Those children’s beliefs will also be affected by their parent’s political beliefs and will likely not be altered until a life cycle event sways their opinion. For example, the children, teens, young adults who lived through the civil rights movement and were affected …show more content…
Studies show for example, that White Evangelists are 71 percent Republican/Lean Democrat, while Black Protestants are only 7 percent Republican/Lean Democrat and 89 percent Democrat. During election years churches may talk about a presidential nominee and discuss issues and beliefs the nominee holds and how that may affect the church, the church/religious beliefs and our nation over all. So, religion can largely affect our socialization and influence how we vote.

People’s religion beliefs can strongly affect their socialization. Religious beliefs and values that are taught in the church can affect how opinions are formed on things like abortion, gay marriage, capital punishment, and other social issues. According to our book there is interracial integration within denomination is extremely low and “only nine of the twenty-one largest denominations have black membership of 10 percent or higher,” leaving Sunday church services very segregated.

All the environments we are exposed to help to influence or socialize who we are and how we form our

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