- Subject index
The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...
Chapter 38: Political Socialization
A Short History of the Subject
Studies on political socialization developed in the 1960s thanks to American sociologists. The points of reference for studies on political socialization are psychological and sociological theories. Psychological theories that provided special inspiration included the theory of social learning, psychoanalysis, the theory of social development and human ecological theory. Sociological theories, such as systems theory, action theory and the theory of social structure, also exerted a significant impact on the investigation into socialization processes.
Social learning theory is based on the assumption that human behavior is directly associated with an individual's process of experiencing and processing environmental elements because a person is born without the knowledge of behavioral principles. S/he has to ...