Families Values: How Parents, Siblings, and Children Affect Political Attitudes

Hardcover | September 15, 2014

byR. Urbatsch

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One of the central questions in politics is from where people derive their tastes and opinions. Why do some people embrace the free market, while others prefer an interventionist state? From where do preferences for a vigorous foreign policy or for sterner policing of moral issues come? As hasbeen shown, political preferences may be influenced by perceived benefits, the media, or public intellectuals, but less is known about the influence of family on political attitudes. Some mechanisms of family influence are well-known: people tend to share their parents' political philosophies, whilethose with young children have heightened concern for child-related policies such as education. But family dynamics are likely to have far richer and more varied effects on political attitudes than those traditionally considered. Families' Values considers the ways that the everyday behaviors of family members systematically and unconsciously influence political preferences. For example, does having a mother who works outside the home lead children, when grown-up, to have more liberal ideologies? Or, might having a son whocould potentially be drafted into the armed forces influence a parent to become a pacifist? Drawing on surveys from the United States and the United Kingdom, R. Urbatsch looks at the ways in which parents, siblings, birth order, gender, and socioeconomics influence opinions on issues from war, tothe welfare state, to abortion. Through compelling analysis, he demonstrates that our family relationships play an enormously crucial and multi-faceted role in the way that we experience, learn about, and practice politics.

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One of the central questions in politics is from where people derive their tastes and opinions. Why do some people embrace the free market, while others prefer an interventionist state? From where do preferences for a vigorous foreign policy or for sterner policing of moral issues come? As hasbeen shown, political preferences may be in...

R. Urbatsch is Associate Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements1. What We Know About Families and Why We Should Know More2. The Conservative Children of Stay-at-Home Mothers3. The Ideological Pull of Siblings4. Birth Order Revisited: Attitudes towards Morality5. Girls are from Mars, Boys are from Venus: Children and Militarism6. Children, Economic Insecurity, and Support for Big Government7. Conclusion: It's All RelativesAppendix - Statistical Models and Technical DetailsReferencesNotesBibliographyIndex