POLS 110 Lecture Notes - Louis Hartz, Mass Media, Collectivism

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Published on 14 Apr 2013
School
Queen's University
Department
Political Studies
Course
POLS 110
Sources of political culture
Is it an explanation; what is it explaining?
Mass media persuasive; tells us who we are (stories about Canadians)
Mass culture both the existence of mass media and the broader idea of
capitalism, political collective beliefs etc.
o We are what we see
Related to history
o Fragment hypothesis by Louis Hartz
Policies of new societies are shaped by the fragment of old
societies
o 5 big differences between Canada and America
Individualism of American vs.. Collectivism of Canada
Our respect to authority vs. Americans non-conformity
Religiosity (Canada was found on religion) vs. secularism
Egalitarianism (sense of equality and equal treatment)
Caution indifference (Canadians)
Formative events by S.M. Lipset
o Says we are different because of different formative events
The power of myths (stories we tell one another)
Narratives help us understand our place in the world
o Ex. Charter of Rights and Freedoms, War of 1812
Are values changing? The post-materialist challenge
Shift from materialist values to post-materialist values
Life-cycle effect attitudes based on age
Generational effect our generation is fundamentally different than other
generations
Ronald Inglehart
o Scarcity hypothesis
o Socialization hypothesis
Scarcity hypothesis
“One places the greatest subjective value on things that are in short supply”
- Ronald Inglehart
Socialization hypothesis
Formative events are important in shaping durable value orientations
Political Culturalism
Political culture is resulting in a new style of citizen politics
The shift is generalization vs. lifestyle
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Mass media persuasive; tells us who we are (stories about canadians) Mass culture both the existence of mass media and the broader idea of capitalism, political collective beliefs etc: we are what we see. Related to history: fragment hypothesis by louis hartz. Policies of new societies are shaped by the fragment of old societies: 5 big differences between canada and america. Our respect to authority vs. americans non-conformity. Religiosity (canada was found on religion) vs. secularism. Egalitarianism (sense of equality and equal treatment) Lipset: says we are different because of different formative events. The power of myths (stories we tell one another) Narratives help us understand our place in the world: ex. Charter of rights and freedoms, war of 1812. Shift from materialist values to post-materialist values. Generational effect our generation is fundamentally different than other generations. Ronald inglehart: scarcity hypothesis, socialization hypothesis. One places the greatest subjective value on things that are in short supply .

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