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Political Socialization and Child Development

Political Socialization and Child Development
Michael McDevitt


The notion of the political in childhood is overwrought with contradiction. ‘Politics ain't beanbag. ‘Tis a man's game', a Chicago humorist wrote in the 1890s, channeling the Irish brogue of the time. ‘Childher … do well to keep out iv it'.1 A century later, the Israeli scholar Orit Ichilov warned that ‘democracy's vitality and continuity greatly depend upon transmitting to each young generation the visions of the democratic life and the commitment to it’ (1990, p. 1).

Uncertainty about the goals of civic education is in some respects a projection of adult fears about how to control political instincts. Children are alternatively viewed as problems and opportunities in political socialization, a ...

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