Political Socialization

Laura Stoker and Jackie Bass

in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199545636
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

Political Socialization

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This chapter discusses political socialization and summarizes some of the primary research threads in the field, studying the civic orientations and political attitudes of American youths today in order to differentiate them from the previous generations. It then considers the transformative potential of new media, discussing the influence of biology and genetics on political behaviour and attitudes, and finally presents some directions for future research.

Keywords: political socialization; primary research threads; American youths; civic orientations; new media; genetics; political behaviour; political attitudes

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Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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