By Trevor Munroe
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The second primary agency of socialization is what we call the peer group. This is a group of individuals who frequently interact with each other. Usually members of a peer group share relatively equal status, and ties to one another are relatively close compared to ties to other people. Peer groups are clustered around a particular location. Increasingly peer groups can be found in the community, particularly in the inner-city community, and they are important sources of mutual reinforcement –in either negative or positive ways.
No government operates without making such decisions, whatever its ideological label. For example, when the government finds the money to service the foreign debt instead of improving teachers’ pay, a choice has been made. Resources are limited, wants/needs are unlimited, and therefore choices have to be made. What this tells us therefore is that behind the structure and roles of government, the heart and soul of politics is decision making. Politics is not just the structure of government but the process of decision making – how decisions are made, what they are and how they are implemented.
Some people have voted not to become independent; others have tried and have been suppressed by the larger political community to which they belong. CLASSIFICATION How do we classify states? The issue of classification of anything is, in a sense, arbitrary, in that classifications are neither right nor wrong but, rather, more or less useful. There are at least three ways to classify states in the modern world: 1. According to population size 2. According to history, economic structure, and economic organization 3.
An Introduction to Politics: Lectures for First Year Students by Trevor Munroe