Rowman and Littlefield International

Growing into Politics

Contexts and Timing of Political Socialisation

Edited by Simone Abendschӧn

This book presents up-to-date empirical research on crucial questions of political socialisation.

Hardback ISBN: 9781907301421 Release date: Oct 2013
£65.00 €90.00 $105.00
Paperback ISBN: 9781910259382 Release date: Oct 2014
£30.00 €41.00 $49.00

Pages: 292

This book presents up-to-date empirical research on crucial questions of political socialisation. It suggests new approaches and answers to a classic, but still valid question of political socialisation research. The volume maintains that political socialisation is no universal or independent phenomenon, but one significantly shaped by the surrounding parameters of the society in which it is embedded. Therefore, deficits in political socialisation research have become especially clear in light of political and societal changes over recent decades. The book contributes to two important discussions in the study of political socialisation: first, the question of the (relative) importance of socialisation agents and contexts, second – inextricably interwoven with the first – the timing of political socialisation. From a European perspective, articles in the volume shed light on old problems and topics of the field, using new methodological approaches or dealing with long-neglected perspectives such as young children's democratic learning or political socialisation. Includes quantitative approaches as well as innovative and explorative case studies.


List of Figures and Tables vii

Contributors xi

Chapter One – Introduction: Political Socialisation in a Changing World

Simone Abendschön 1

Chapter Two – Parents and Children in the Political Socialisation Process:

Changes in Italy Over Thirty-Five Years

Piergiorgio Corbetta, Dario Tuorto, Nicoletta Cavazza 11

Chapter Three – Children’s Political Socialisation within the Family:

Value Transmission and Social Milieu Factors

Simone Abendschön 33

Chapter Four – The Role of Schools in Preparing 16- and 17-

year-old Austrian First-Time Voters for the Election

Steve Schwarzer and Eva Zeglovits 73

Chapter Five – Promoting Political Interest in Schools: The Role of

Civic Education

Gema M. Garcìa-Albacete 91

Chapter Six – Emergence of the European Union in Upper Secondary

Education: A Comparative Analysis of French, English, German and

Catalonian History Textbooks

Alexandre Blanc 115

Chapter Seven – The Effect of Political Socialisation Agents on Political

Participation Between the Ages of Sixteen and Twenty-One

Ellen Quintelier 139

Chapter Eight – The Socialisation Effects of Digital Media on Personal

Autonomy Values

Carol Galais 161

Chapter Nine – Space, the Final Frontier of Political Socialisation Research:

Geopolitical Contexts, Migrant Resocialisation and Political Remittances

Ruxandra Paul 183

Chapter Ten – ‘Who is Ready to Vote at Sixteen?’: New Perspectives in the

Study of Political Reasoning

Bernard Fournier 217

Chapter Eleven – A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: Children’s Drawings

as a Medium to Study Early Political Socialisation

Lena Haug 231

Index 273

Simone Abendschön is assistant professor and researcher in the department of social science at Goethe University, Frankfurt. Her main interest is in political socialisation, values, political and social participation, and concepts of the public sphere in contemporary media democracies. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Mannheim on young children's value orientations and their relevance for political and democratic socialisation. She is currently involved in a research project investigating civic education and political equality in a comparative perspective.

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