Edited By Esther Thorson, Mitchell S. McKinney and Dhavan Shah
Chapter Twelve: Youngsters’ Political Talk With Those Outside School and Family: The Hierarchy of Political Socialization
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Youngsters’ Political Talk With Those Outside School AND Family
The Hierarchy of Political Socialization
MI JAHNG, HANS MEYER, AND ESTHER THORSON
The study of political socialization of children and youth has gone in and out of vogue for the last 100 years. (Niemi, 1973) In the ‘60s and ‘70s, most of the focus on causal factors centered primarily on family and secondarily on schools (Niemi, 1973). There was little attention to the possible effects of media. As McLeod and Shah (2009) pointed out, the ‘90s saw a sharp increase of interest in the role of communication, both interpersonal and mass, in socialization. One of the salient findings of current research is that teenagers, who may be moving away from primary parental influence toward the influences—certainly—of school and also of media content and interactions with others, show a complex of responsiveness to media, interpersonal communication, and the interaction of the two (Hively & Eveland, 2009; McDevitt & Ostrowski, 2009; Mutz, 1998).
Shah and his colleagues (Shah, McLeod, & Lee, 2009) argued that political socialization research must move beyond an examination of knowledge and norms to a consideration of how young people acquire basic motives and skills to participate meaningfully and effectively in public life. The approach we explore in the current study is a test of the assumption that political socialization can be considered a hierarchy of stages of attention, learning, interpersonal...
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