Sociology notes November 9, 2012
Socialization and the self
Number of cartoons by topic demonstrates wide variety of: topics of
socialization, agents of socialization
Does it also demonstrate especially important agents?
Socialization is critical for children to develop a sense of self
A sense of self is critical for learning
Synergy – all three elements build upon each other over time
How does “family” work as an agent of socialization?
Satisfies primal human need for affection and comfort and reassurance
Possessed by all primates
Possibly many/most mammals?
Family, closest friends
Groups we are in “for their own sake” (eg not for economic gain – or
religious, educational, etc)
Intimate face-to-face association, cooperation
Can be very competitive
What do we want from out primary groups?
The power of the Primary groups
We will conform to any group norm (or try to look like we are conforming)
The foundational nature of culture:
To normal people, what sociologists call “norms” are reality
“Become a person”
How does the “self” arise?