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Political Socialization in a Media-Saturated World


Edited By Esther Thorson, Mitchell S. McKinney and Dhavan Shah

The studies that comprise Political Socialization in a Media Saturated World synthesize, question, and update our knowledge of political socialization that has accumulated over the past 40 years of related research. The scholarship advances innovative theoretical perspectives and develops new models of the socialization process that revolve around the key social structures of family, media, peers, and school. The Hierarchy Model of Political Socialization, in particular, provides a comprehensive conceptual framework for organizing and analyzing youth responses to the political. With research that spans multiple election cycles across nearly a decade, and data drawn from a national panel study that allows for cross-generational comparison, the findings and models of political socialization presented provide the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of youth political socialization that exists to date. This book provides a foundation and research agenda for examining the Millennial generation in the coming years as these citizens mature to adults and become the driving force of society and our polity.
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Myria W. Allen (PhD, University of Kentucky) is professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her research interests include youth and environmental communication, corporate sustainability, and organizational communication. Allen is the author of one book (Strategic Communication for Sustainable Organizations: Theory and Practice, Springer, 2015), and author/co-author of more than 40 articles in journals spanning at least five disciplines.

Porismita Borah (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is assistant professor of Communication in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University. Porismita’s research interests include political communication and emerging communication technology. To learn more about Porismita’s work, visit her website at

Colleen Warner Colaner (PhD, University of Nebraska) is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri. She studies how communication creates and sustains diverse family structures and experiences, including adoptive families, feminist family values, and families with differing social identities such as religion and politics. Her research has appeared in national and specialty outlets such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Sex Roles, and Journal of Family Communication. ← 467 | 468 →

Stephanie Edgerly (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is assistant professor in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on explaining the forces that shape media selections decisions. She is particularly interested in the news socialization process, the blurring of news and entertainment media, and the sharing of news over social media websites...

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