The Symbiotic/Mutual Relationship Between Political Socialization and Political Culture

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Caribbean Politics and Society

Assignment: Explain the symbiotic/mutual relationship between political socialization and political culture. Due date: 13th February 2012


Ponton, Geoffrey and Gill Peter. Introduction to Politics 1993, Third Edition, Blackwell Publishers Inc., USA Class notes

Explain the symbiotic/mutual relationship between political socialization and political culture

Politics is the way in which we understand and order our social affairs. It also involves the means by which some people or groups acquire and maintain a greater control over the situation than others. According to politics is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions. Also according to (Introduction to Politics by Geoffrey Ponton and Peter Gill, pgs 5-6) politics is above all an activity concerned with people’s social and material relationships, expressed in various ways in different places and continually changing throughout time. Political socialization is defined as that process whereby society develops attitudes and feelings towards politics in each of its members. Political Culture means the attitudes, feelings, ideas and values that people have about politics, government, and their own role, and more generally about authority in all its various forms. The purpose of this essay is to find out what political socialization and political culture entails and what is the mutual relationship between both. According to political socialization is the way in which individuals acquire the information, beliefs, attitudes, and values that help them comprehend the operations of the political system and orient themselves within it. Every individual in society has a political upbringing, whether it is indifferent, passionate or neutral. In political...
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