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SOC 1200 Lecture 6: Lecture 6

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SOC 1200
Susan Miller

oS98 o too much violence – not punishments/remorse Socialization and the Life Course  Childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age, death/dying Childhood First 12 years of life, care-free time for learning and play o This notion of childhood is fairly new  We defend our idea of childhood since children are biologically immature Concept of childhood hasn’t been grounded in biology, but in culture In rich countries, not everyone has to work, so childhood can be extended to allow  children time to learn skills they will need in high-technology workplace o Since childhood lasts such a long time, people worry their children seem to grow up too fast o “hurried child” syndrome results from changes in family divorce rates, both parents in labor force  Adolescence  Buffer between childhood and adulthood  Emotional/social turmoil Struggle to develop own identity Should not attribute rebelliousness/confusion to biological puberty  It reflects cultural inconsistency o Time of social contradiction o No longer a child, not yet an adult Adulthood Difficult to define when someone becomes an adult once you remove biological standards of stages  Time when life’s major tasks (establishing career, raising family) are accomplished Personalities are largely formed Early adulthood (until age 40), young adults learn to manage day-to-day affairs
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