Using the natural diversity of our online classroom to learn, we will discuss each of our national and local political cultures in two paragraphs. In your post:
Identify where you are from in the United States or Internationally.
Identify which two agents of political socialization (as described in Chapter 3 required reading) you believe are the most powerful in shaping your national political culture.
Identify which two agents of political socialization are the most powerful in shaping your local political culture.
Compare and contrast the national and local agents of political socialization you identified, discuss why they are powerful within your political culture.
I am from the central part of the United States or more specifically from Nashville, Tennessee. Political socialization is the way in which political values are formed and political culture is transmitted from one generation to the next. In my opinion the two agents of political socialization that I believe are the most powerful in shaping my national political culture would be: peer groups and the mass media. Peer groups include childhood friendships, playgroups, school and college fraternities, small work groups, and any other groups in which the members share close personal ties. A peer group socializes its members by encouraging them to share the attitudes or behavior common to the group. It is noted that individuals often adopt their peers’ views on politics because they like or respect them or because they want to be like them (Powell, Dalton & Strom (2012).
On the other hand, we have the mass media which I feel plays a huge role in shaping attitudes and values in political culture. The mass media includes: newspapers, radio, television, and magazines. It is typically the prime source of information on the politics of the day. Just about everyone is tied to the Internet where they can get a wealth of information on politics and political culture. Also, we all sit in front of our televisions to learn about the world around us. Therefore, major news stations are always a main source for learning about political culture around the world in all nations. Seeing the world on television can directly shape political attitudes (Powell, Dalton & Strom (2012).
As far as locally I believe that newspapers and family are the most powerful in shaping my political culture. Citizens’ come in contact with a wide range of government offices. This is from federal officials to state and local governments. Also, citizens’ attitudes and beliefs are shaped by personal experiences and by the agents of political socialization