Political Socialization

M. Kent Jennings

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:


 Political Socialization

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This article discusses political socialization, focusing on the major turning points and developments in the field. It addresses the issue of the bull and bear markets of political socialization research and looks at the recent renewed interest in the dynamics of socialization. The role of the family as the main agent of socialization is examined as well. The article includes a discussion on the relevant contextual features that attend the socialization process. It concludes with several comments on a few missed opportunities to study the socialization processes and outcomes of pre-adults, as well as possible future fields of research.

Keywords: political socialization; major turning points; developments; bull and bear markets; dynamics of socialization; family; relevant contextual features; socialization process; future fields of research

Article.  6940 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Political Institutions

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