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6. Political Socialization and Values

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This chapter briefly presents the main trends in thinking about political socialization. It dwells on the types and relevance of the different socialization agents that can be identified, after which it turns to the key issue of the "self" in socialization processes. Recent thought has it that "self"-socialization gains more and more importance, as do alternative forms of engagement, the final subject with which the chapter deals. Forms of engagement that allow for flexibility and individuality are believed to gain popularity among younger generations in late-modern societies. Platforms (instead of organizations) that underline the value of self-organization, self-confrontation and even self-destruction (i.e., leaving previously accumulated experiences behind when necessary) do so as well. In several ways it is clear that the culture and structure of Japanese society influence the features, motives, and behaviors of participants in Buy Nothing Day (BND) Japan.

Keywords: buy nothing day (BND) Japan; civic engagement; political culture; political socialization; self-socialization



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