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Lecture 5

Sociology 1020 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Hidden Curriculum, Symbolic Interactionism, Rite Of Passage

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SOC 1020
Micheal Haight

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- Socialization: process which people learn culture
- This concept has evolved and the focus is now often on the end result of this
process : internalization.
- Internalization is what happens after the socialization and sociologist are
concerned with the implications of that
- There are three important factors of socialization
- Context
- Place where it occurs
- Place as in language or historical implications
- Content and processes
- What are they teaching (social belief and values) and how it actually takes place
usually be speaking
- The results or outcomes
How Socialization Works
- Individuals are formed insofar as they adopt the surrounding community’s culture.
- Humans are continuously surrounded and influenced by real or imagined others, who
constitute a person’s social environment.
Theories and Agents of Socialization
- Socialization processes operate through a variety of social institutions:
- Families
- Schools
- Peer groups
- The mass media
- Families and Schools
- The family into which you are born also exerts an enduring influence over the
course of your life. (primary socialization)
- The public school system became increasingly responsible for secondary
socialization: Socialization outside the family after childhood.
- School: Functions and Conflicts
- Disproportionate numbers of students from poor and racial-minority families
reject the hidden curriculum and often do poorly in school.
- Symbolic Interactionism and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
- Learning to Labour (Willis)
- Did a study on why working class boys do terrible in school
- Had similar IQ levels in both students
- Boy rejecting the hidden curriculum
- Schools teach obedience in authority and cultural norms
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