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Aspects of socialization

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McGill University
Sociology (Arts)
SOCI 507
Melanie Dirks

Aspects of socialization Primary socialization Rene Spitz studydid a study in an orphanage children have minimum human contact results during primary socializationthey dont rely on others they become distant and remote and noncommunicative has physical consequencesthe link bw mind and body is a factex if people who are sick believe that they are going to get better very often they do get betterreason why faith healing works more infection higher death rates slower maturation possibility of impaired sexual functioning upon maturityhave profound effect on intimate human contact later in life primary socialization begins at birth by parents who pass on cultural knowledge siblings can also play a part Spitzprimary socialization important for emotional adjustment later in life if child is socially handicapped there is usually violence at hometherefore they tend to use violence in adulthood as a response to violence during socialization children who are praised encouraged and complimented are more likely to be adjusted than those who are put downdestroys self esteem educational theorists say you should give students an A or they will lose selfesteemselfesteem movementshould not insulate children from failure bc it is a fact of lifewhen does primary socialization endparental influence begins to decrease once children enter school but still continues to a lesser extent History children were expected to conform to adult norms child labourwork at 5 full time by 10 marriage by 16 childhood is a new idea children in the past were miniadults and expected to be capable of behaving like adultswhen that didnt happen children were punished harshly modern view is differentchildren are incapable of behaving like adults PIAGEtheory of socializationsays children cannot behave like adultsharsh punishment of children today is discouraged ideas of adolescence are also new termsin traditional societies when you became physically mature you marriedbc lifespan wasnt long in those societies Secondary socialization child has other influences in life begins w school different ways of thinking are introduced kiddy culturethe kids have their own culture which is very sexist therefore cannot rid the sexual stereotyping bc they pick up sexist attitude from kiddy cultureits important and trumps and neutralizes the impact of parents
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