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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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Names: Thorson, Esther, editor. | McKinney, Mitchell S., editor. | Shah, Dhavan, editor. Title: Political socialization in a media-saturated world / edited by Esther Thorson, Mitchell S. McKinney, Dhavan Shah. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: Frontiers in political communication; vol. 29 | ISSN 1525-9730 Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016015061 | ISBN 978-1-4331-2572-0 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-2571-3 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1763-3 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3571-2 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3572-9 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Political socialization. | Political science—Study and teaching. Youth—Political activity. | Mass media—Political aspects. | Mass media and youth. Classification: LCC JA76 .P592836 2016 | DDC 306.2—dc23 LC record available at

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