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Malcolm Mac Kinnon

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Socialization is the learning of knowledge, skills, motivations & identities as our genetic
potential interacts w/ our social env’t
-how culture is transmitted & acquired
-social determinism important social facts in making human beings
-social forces shape the way we act, feel
-social programming
-begins at birth and continues through life
-shaped by where you are
The Self & Socialization
-in the course of socialization, one develops a self awareness of ideas & attitudes
about ones personal & social identity
-among the important early theorists who analyzed the development of the self are
Freud, Piaget, Cooley & Mead
Patterns of Socialization
-include language, values, responsibilities, social class
Socialization & biology
-cultures determines your diet
-aspect of socialization
-primary socialization begins with birth
-is critical for the production of a well balanced, emotionally stable individual in adult
-primary is more important than secondary
-secondary socialization is when there are diff influences in a childs life
-children are exposed to kiddie culture
Agents of socialization
-significant others
-great influence on you
- family, school, peer groups & mass media
-peer groups most important social influence in your life
-coca colonization American popular culture spread across the globe
-soft power influencing ppl
-hard power military power
The Mass Media
-a passive, impersonal means of receiving & transmitting info
-sometimes diff agents carry the same message - continuity
-discontinuity creates role strain/conflict
Peer Groups
-similar age & status
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