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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 100
Professor
Karla Gingerich
Semester
Spring

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Chapter 5 03/02/2014 Socialization: The lifelong process of learning to become a member of the social world, including the values  and beliefs of our culture. Interaction: The basic building block of socialization, through which a child is shaped into a human being  and becomes a member of a society. Social Self: The perceptions we have of who we are. The Nature vs. Nurture debate Which best explains the human self and human behavior—Biology or Socialization? The Nature Argument Sociobiology (evolutionary psychology): claims our genes “wire” us for social behavior  The Nurture Argument Sociobiology is a reductionist theory (a theory that reduces complex social behaviors to a single  explanation) Social behaviors vary, but are not hard wired Socialization is more important than genes Children need human contact, affection, and interaction in order to fully develop Evidence: Anna, Isabella, neglected orphans (In Book) Because these children were not socialized at the proper time they experienced developmental disorders  and could not be fully integrated into society Most activities are part of the socialization experience Micro Level: Parents, peer groups Meso Level: Schools, religious groups Macro Level: National Self: The perceptions we have of who we are, derived from our perceptions of the way others respond to us The development of the self allows us to interact with others and function in the soc
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