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ERIC Number: ED085630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 59
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The Emerging Student Voter: The Effects of Traditional and Nontraditional Political Socialization on Political Participation.
Teger, Allan I.; And Others
During the late 1960's and early 1970's, American society experienced high levels of student political activity. Through 1970 most of this activity was outside the realm of traditional politics (i.e., demonstrations and protests), but in 1971 the 26th Amendment took effect, enfranchising millions of young voters and changing the arena of political activity. Survey data gathered from personal interviews with 442 undergraduates, collected at yearly intervals spanning the transition period, are presented. These data reveal that, contrary to findings in adult samples, student electoral campaign participation was linked to high political alienation and unrelated to political efficacy during 1970. The last survey, following the 1972 election, indicated findings consistent with the adult population. Additional data suggesting differential impact of agents of the political socialization process on demonstrators and non-demonstrators are presented and analyzed. Turnover of the student body, the type of election campaign, and expressive versus instrumental functions of participation are considered as possible explanations for differences observed over time. (Author)
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