Topic: Using illustrations from any one Caribbean territory, examine the factors that shape political culture as well as the factors that lead to changes in political culture.
Student Name: 10SC1069
Institution: Institution: Jamaica Constabulary Force Staff College
Name of Course: Course: Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
Instructor’s Name: Senior Superintendent Norman Heywood
Date: June 3rd, 2012
Politics is a term generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, including behavior within civil governments, but also applies to institution, fields, and special interest groups such as the corporate, academic, and religious segments of society. It consists of “social relations involving authority or power and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy. Modern political discourse focuses on democracy and the relationship between people and politics. It is thought of as the way we “choose government officials and make decisions about public policy”.
Culture is defined as the shared patterns of behaviors and interactions, cognitive constructs, and affective understanding that are learned through a process of socialization. These shared patterns identify the members of a culture group while also distinguishing those of another group.
According to Gabrille Almond, “Political Culture is the accumulation of ones norms, values, beliefs, ideology, behavior and attitudes towards politics and government”. Gabriel Almond introduced the concept of political culture in 1963. For Almond, political culture relates to the general culture of a country was different. He explains that “when we speak of Political Culture of the society we refer to the Political System, as internalized in cognitions, feelings and evaluations of its population”. “People are introduced into it just as they are...