Political Learning in Adulthood: A Sourcebook of Theory and Research

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In the wake of World War II, the issues of political stability in general and the survival of stable democracies in particular captured the attention of American political scientists. An inevitable offshoot of this interest was the study of political behavior—how it is acquired and how and why it persists. In its early stages, work on political socialization focused exclusively on childhood and adolescence, as if the learning process ends when adulthood begins. Only recently has adult socialization emerged as a ...

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Overview

In the wake of World War II, the issues of political stability in general and the survival of stable democracies in particular captured the attention of American political scientists. An inevitable offshoot of this interest was the study of political behavior—how it is acquired and how and why it persists. In its early stages, work on political socialization focused exclusively on childhood and adolescence, as if the learning process ends when adulthood begins. Only recently has adult socialization emerged as a legitimate field of study within political science.

In Political Learning in Adulthood, social scientists for the first time examine the changes in political outlook and behavior that take place during the adult years, providing an invaluable overview of the problems, theories, and methodological approaches that characterize the field of political socialization. They consider which political values remain constant and which are subject to change, and they explore the ways in which both ordinary and extraordinary life events affect adults' political worldviews. Among specific topics considered are the effects of age and aging, the relation between participation in the work force and the development and expression of political views, continuity and change in the wake of revolutionary social and political movements, and the effects of such traumatic and life-threatening situations as war and terrorist activity.

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Social scientists here consider problems, theories, and methodological approaches which characterize the field of political socialization. They examine which political values remain constant, and which are subject to change, and explore the ways in which both ordinary and extraordinary life events affect adults' political worldview. Social scientists here consider problems, theories, and methodological approaches which characterize the field of political socialization. They examine which political values remain constant, and which are subject to change, and explore the ways in which both ordinary and extraordinary life events affect adults' political worldview. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226756943
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500

Meet the Author

Roberta S. Sigel is Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. A pioneer in the study of adult political socialization, Sigel is the author (with Marilyn Hoskin) of The Political Involvement of Adolescents and the editor of Political Socialization: Its Role in the Political Process and Learning about Politics: Studies in Political Socialization.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Persistence and Change Roberta S. Sigel
Part I
Introduction: Age and Political Socialization
1. Age and History: Generations and Sociopolitical Change Michael X. Delli Carpini
2. Aging and Adult Political Socialization: The Importance of Roles and Role Transitions Janie S. Steckenrider and Neal E. Cutler
Part II
Introduction: The World of Work
3. Work as a Source of Political Learning Among Wage-Laborers and Lower-Level Employees William M. Lafferty
4. Political Socialization in Social Welfare Work Paula Dressel and Michael Lipsky
5. Military Service and Political Socialization John P. Lovell and Judith Hicks Stiehm
6. Psychological Perspectives on Theories of Adult Development and the Political Socialization of Leaders Stanley Renshon
Part III
Introduction: Social Movements and Immigration
7. The Civil Rights Movement and Black Political Socialization Aldon D. Morris, Shirley J. Hatchett, and Ronald E. Brown
8. Gender Politics and the Socializing Impact of the Women's Movement Susan J. Carroll
Part IV
Introduction: Coping with Traumatic Events
10. The Texture of Terrorism: Socialization, Routinization, and Integration Irving Louis Horowitz
11. The Aftermath of War: Adult Socialization and Political Development Robert S. Laufer Conclusion: Adult Political Learning—A Lifelong Process Roberta S. Sigel List of Contributors Index

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