Flashcards in chapter 5: political landscape Deck (37)
Belief in the superiority of one's nation or social group
The process by which we develop our political attitudes, values, and beliefs
The study of the characteristics of populations
A characteristic of individuals that is predictive of political behavior
Divisions within society that reinforce one another, making groups more homogeneous
Divisions within society that cut across demographic categories to produce groups that are more heterogeneous
Cross cutting cleavages
When social and economical differences coincide, they reinforce each other, making the differences more important. This is called
A notion held by Americans that the US was destined to rule the continent ocean to ocean
What often impedes the development of democracy in relatively weak nations?
Powerful and aggressive neighbors
Why has US avoided most social conflicts?
Large landmass has enabled opposing groups to spread out.
3 reasons abundance of natural resources is important to US
1) enhance economic growth
2) provide jobs
3) stabilize government
Most distinct section of the US
Traditionally, what two things made the South different?
Agricultural society and slavery
Now, what 2 factors define the South?
Lowest per capita income and highest conservatism
What does the term "solid south" refer to? Does it still apply?
Democratic being able to count on the South for votes; no
A grouping of human beings with distinctive characteristics determined by genetic inheritance
A social division based on national origin, religion, and race
The difference between the political opinions or behavior of men and women
The total output of all economic activity in the nation, including goods and services
A division of population based in occupation, income, and education
Those who sell their labor
Those who own or control methods of production
As people grow older, they generally become more _______.
A particular generation has had experiences that make certain issues distinct
2 examples of generational effects
Frugality from those who grew up in 30s
Baby boomers and civil rights and Vietnam
Gender gaps generally deal with ______ issues like abortion, pornography regulation, and gun control.
What do women make in comparison to men?
73 cents on the dollar
What, generally, unites Americans? (4 things)
Democratic values, economic opportunity, work ethic, and the American Dream.
In 1838, the US witnessed what example of religious persecution on our own land?
An extermination order of Mormons in Mississippi
Who make up the "gray lobby"? Where are they?
The elderly, in the west and Florida
What are the 4 hallmarks of the gray lobby?
1) disposable income
2) discretionary time
3) clear focus on issues
4) effective organization
Catholics are generally liberal, except on what issue?
Mexicans tend to vote ________.
Cubans tend to be ___________.
Asians usually vote _________.
Opinion leader favored by Parker