By Trevor Munroe
Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the overall reader drawn to the fundamentals of up to date politics.
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You cannot determine the nature of a phenomenon on the basis of how people who claim to practise it act. For example, how would we regard Christianity if we were to define Christianity on the basis on what has been done in the name of Christianity over the years? Remember that people were enslaved in the name of Christianity as a means of bringing civilization to them. We were told that we were colonized in the name of Christianity because we were inferior and we needed to be made superior by virtue of foreign rule.
The second level derives from the fact that the child is first exposed to authority and to power in the household. This exposure begins to form attitudes, responses to authority in general and not only household authority in particular. Attitudes of deference to authority within the household have implications for how the child deals with other authority. Therefore, we can immediately see what happens to primary political socialization if there is no authority at all in the household unit. If there is no authority at all, then there is no upbringing on how to deal with 25 26 An Introduction to Politics authority and invariably what that means is a rejection, a non-acceptance of any authority.
THE DRIVE TO INDEPENDENCE In the second half of the twentieth century, around the world, groups of people rejected rule over them by other states. They wanted to have their own government, their own people ruling an independent state. As a result of this, the number of states has grown immensely. In 1945, there were approximately 50 states in the world; in 2000 the membership of the United Nations, reflecting the number of states that have developed, is 189. This means that in the years since 1945, approximately 139 states came into existence, because people in different parts of the world were no longer content to have others ruling over them, they wanted to rule themselves.
An Introduction to Politics: Lectures for First Year Students by Trevor Munroe