Milburn (P & P), Chapter 2
(1) How are beliefs related to attitudes in the Fishbein/Ajzen model?
(2) What are three types of error that affect responses in surveys?
Bennett (pp. 27-39)
(1) What are political myths? What is the key myth promoted by the state of consciousness perspective?
(2) What did Hamilton, Madison, and Jefferson believe about the public and public opinion?
Bennett, Politics of Illusion (Chaps. 2-3)
(1) What are the main aspects of media content which Bennett identifies?
(2) How do politicians try to control the news?
(1) What are major types of cognition that Edelman says governments attempt to generate in the public?
Milburn (P & P) (Chap 3)
(1) What is the relationship of individuals’ age to their opinions on social issues?
(2) What is the “gender gap” in public opinion? How is it manifested?
(3) What are the major changes that take place in individuals’ political learning during adolescence?
Holloway and George Reading Questions
(1) What is the evidence they present to support their argument that Americans have become more affluent?
(2) What is the evidence they present to support their argument that Americans have become generally contented?
Milburn, (P & P) Chap 4
1. What is the causal process that Lasswell argues takes place relating personality and political attitudes?
2. What is authoritarianism? What conclusion about “authoritarianism of the left” is supported by the evidence ?
3. What is the underlying process that explains the development of ideology, according to Tomkins?
(1) What are the central elements in Adolph Hitler’s relationship with his father that Miller suggests are important? Give examples. What emotions are associated with these experiences? How are these emotions dealt with by Hitler?
(2) What is the role that Hitler’s mother plays in his emotional and political life?
(3) How does Lasswell’s model apply to Hitler (if it does)?
RQ # 6
Milburn, Conrad, Sala, & Carberry
(1) Are these studies experiments or correlational studies?
(2) What are the primary independent variables in these studies? What is the dependent measure in these studies?
(3) Do the findings support Lasswell’s model of affect displacement? In what way?
Milburn & Conrad (Raised to Rage)
1. What are the unintended consequences of the use of physical punishment?
2. Much of this chapter is the same as the Milburn, Conrad et al. article you read for this week. What new findings are reported in this chapter?
3. How are childhood experiences and religious beliefs about punishment related?
4. How is punitiveness reflected in current public policy?
RQ #7–Part 1
1. What politicians’ lives appear to show evidence of the process of emotional displacement?
(Chap 7)–John Silber interview: http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/metro/NewsCenter-5-Archives-Natalie-Jacobson-at-Home-with-John-Silber/16764980
2. How does the work of Alice Miller apply to the black experience during slavery and after?
3. How are the results of the Milgram experiment relevant to the politics of denial?
4. How do the authors explain the anti-environmentalism and the denial of authoritarians with respect to the environment?
Truth About Lies–RQ7–Part 2
1. What is the public’s reaction to governmental lies?
2. What do you think is the source of these reactions?
3. Does this have any relevance for our discussion of Panama/Haiti? The Politics of Denial?
4. Is what happened during Vietnam (LBJ and his critics) relevant to current politics? Who is Max Clelland?