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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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31 32 An Introduction to Politics 1. In the last 100 years there has been an expansion of the right to vote and in the number of people who have the right to vote. Up until 40 years ago in Jamaica only about 5 percent (that is, one in every twenty) had the right to vote. Similarly, in England it was only in 1928 that the right to vote was extended to everybody – Universal Adult Suffrage. In 1920, women got the right to vote in the United States. The development of mass voting led to interest and research in new branches of politics, such as the formation of public opinion, the study of voting behaviour, and political psychology.

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. We must understand how important the family and the household is to our individual political upbringing, not only to the child's political loyalties and hostilities but also to forming attitudes to authority. Hence the more families break down, the more authority in the home disappears. The more there is breakdown, erosion and decay, the more there will be children having children.

In every country in the world children begin to learn in the school system those symbols to which they are expected to attach themselves – symbols of nationhood, and of governmental and national authority. Of course, the Political Socialization 27 nature of that attachment and the extent of that transmission of political loyalties will vary from country to country. In that context, it is not irrelevant to note that the term Taliban (designation of the ruling authority in Afghanistan in the 1990s) comes from the word talib which means student.

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