Feb 14th after midterm first class SOC1101
Exploring the social
The concept of socialization
- socialization refers to the ways in which individuals attempt to align their own thoughts,
feelings, and behaviour to fit into society or groups- the process in which individuals incorporate
society into their senses of self.
Nature vs. Nurture debate
To interact with others, we must learn the social rules. The norms of a society/culture which tell
us those behaviours are acceptable and which are unacceptable.
The nurture argument
Social isolation and feral children
- children deprived of human contact have limited intellectual capacities, have no or limited
experience with love or human interaction, and do not grasp language.
-sociologists believe that social reality is constructed by people every time they interact with
Agents of socialization
- family, friends, school, work, relationships, and mass media
- outcomes of socialization include:
* moral development
* orientation towards social class.
- in adulthood, socialization is concerned with equipping the individual to function effectively in
- the major roles we acquire as adults include spouse, parent, work roles, grandparent and retiree
- midlife (40-60) involves several role transitions:
*marital (divorce, widowhood)
*parental (children leave home)
*caregiver (children and aging parents)
*work (entry or exit)
- anticipatory socialization
*activities that provide people with knowledge about, skills for, and values of a role they have