Political Socialization

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  • Socialization is the process of acquiring a sense of cultural norms. Human infants are not born with culture; they are transformed by significant agents of socialization (e.g., parents, teachers, peers) into social beings. Through socialization, we learn the language of our culture, the norms of our culture, and the roles we are to play in life.

    Political socialization can best be defined as the long-term process by which political culture is transmitted in a society. It is how individuals learn political ideas and orientations and internalize particular political values and beliefs. Like the general sense of socialization, it is a lifelong process.

    Our first political ideas are shaped within the family. Family tradition is particularly a factor in party identification, as indicated by the phrases “lifelong Republican”or ...

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