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Explain how the breakdown of the American family (i.e., divorce, two-parent-working household) may be a factor in the radicalization of American youth.

Since the family is the first and often most significant source of political socialization, its breakdown leaves younger members more vulnerable to radicalization. This effect is exacerbated by the alienation and deracination often experienced by young people in these circumstances.

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The family is the first and often the most important agent of political socialization. Even those who later come to disagree with the specific political positions inculcated in them when they were children often accept the general approach to political, philosophical, and religious questions which they learned in the family. A stable family unit, particularly one with ties to the community and some degree of financial prosperity, is unlikely to be politically radical because the family...

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