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Socialization  Social Experience: The Key to our Humanity  Understanding Socialization  Personal Development  Agents of Socialization.

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1 Socialization  Social Experience: The Key to our Humanity  Understanding Socialization  Personal Development  Agents of Socialization

2 Social Experience: The Key to our Humanity Socilaization- the lifelong social experience by which individuals develop their human potential and learn culture. Personality- A person’s fairly consistent patterns of acting, thinking, and feeling.

3 Human Development: Nature and Nurture Charles Darwin He explained how species evolve over thousands of generations. He discovered that animals develop certain traits for survival, through an emergence of nature.

4 The Social Sciences: The Role of Nature Behaviorism- A theory that holds that behavior is not instinctive but learned. Rooted in the nurturing we receive not form nature. Social Isolation: Studies of Non-human Primates- Studies show that after three months of isolation recovery was possible, six months of isolation monkey’s development was seriously damaged.

5 Understanding Socialization Sigmund Freud: The Elements of Personality id- the human beings basic drives. ego- is a person’s conscious efforts to balance innate pleasure-seeking drives with the demands of society. superego- is the cultural values and norms internalized by an identity.

6 Jean Piaget: Cognitive Development Studied human cognition-how people think. Developed four stages of cognition. The Sensorimotor Stage- The level of human development at which individuals experience the world only through their senses.

7 The Pre-operational Stage- the level of human development at which individuals first use language and other symbols. The Concrete Operational Stage- the level of human development at which individuals first perceives causal connections in their surroundings. The Formal Operational Stage- the level of human development at which individuals think abstractly and critically.

8 Critical evaluation- not all societies have the capacity for such abstract thought. Even in our society perhaps 30 percent of people never reach the formal operational stage.

9 Lawerence Kohlberg: Moral Development Built on Piaget’s work studying moral reasoning, the ways in which individuals judge situations as right or wrong.

10 Carol Gilligan: The gender Factor Claims the males have a Justice perspective, relying on formal rules to define right and wrong. Girls have a care and responsibility perspective, judging a situation with an eye toward personal relationships.

11 George Herbert Mead: The Social Self Social behaviorism to explain how social experience creates individual personality. Mead focused on inward thinking, humanity’s defining traits.

12 The Self- it part of an individuals personality composed of self-awareness and self image. Mead saw the self as the product of social experience. For Mead, self develops only as the individual interacts with others. Social experience- is the exchange of symbols. Only people use words, a wave of the hand or a smile creates meaning.

13 Taking the role of the other. The Looking-Glass Self - What we think of ourselves depends on what we think others think of us. A self image based on how we think others see us. The I and the Me- By taking the role of the other we become self aware.

14 Self The self has two parts. As the self is active and spontaneous. Mead called the active side of the self the I. But the self is also an object, as we imagine ourselves as others see us. Mead called the objective side of the self me. We initiate an action and then we continue the action based on how others respond to us. The I and the Me are always working together.

15 Development of the Self- The key to developing the self, then, is learning to take the role of the other.

16 Significant other- are role models such as parents, teachers, older siblings.

17 The final stage in the development of self involves taking the role of the other. Social life demands that we see ourselves in terms of cultural norms as anyone else might.

18 Generalized other- the widespread cultural norms and values we use as a reference in evaluation ourselves. Critique- Mead’s view is strictly social and does not take into account biological elements.

19 Erik H. Erikson: Eight Stages of Development Stage 1-Infancy: the challenge of trust (versus mistrust) Birth and eighteen months. Establish a sense of trust. Family members play a key role in how the child meets this challenge.

20 Stage 2-Toddlerhood: the challenge of autonomy (versus doubt and shame) Eighteen months to age three. Learn skills to cope with the world in a confident way. Failure to gain self-control leads children to doubt their abilities.

21 Stage 3-Preschool: the challenge of initiative (versus guilt) Four and five year olds must learn to engage their surroundings—including people outside the family—or experience guilt at failing to meet the expectations of parents and others.

22 Stage 4-Preadolesence: the challenge of industriousness (versus inferiority) Between ages six and thirteen, children enter school, make friends, and strike out on their own more. They feel proud of their accomplishments, or fear that they do not measure up.

23 Stage 5-Adolescence: the challenge of gaining identity (versus confusion) During the teen years, young people struggle to establish their own identity. In part teenagers identify with others, but they also want to be unique. Almost all teens experience some confusion as they struggle to establish identity.

24 Stage 6-Young adulthood: the challenge of intimacy (versus isolation) The challenge for young adults is to form and maintain intimate relationships. Falling in love (as well as making close friends) involves balancing the need to bond with the need to have a separate identity.

25 Stage 7-Middle adulthood: The challenge of making a difference (versus self-absorption) The challenge of middle age is contributing to the lives of others in the family, at work, and in the larger world. Failing at this, people become stagnant, caught up in their own limited concerns.

26 Stage 8-Old age: the challenge of integrity (versus despair) Near the end of our lives, people hope to look back on what they have accomplished with a sense of integrity and satisfaction. For those who have been self-absorbed, old age brings only a sense of despair over missed opportunities.

27 Agents of Socialization The Family Research suggests, nothing is more likely to produce a happy, well-adjusted child than being in a loving family.

28 The School Schooling enlarges children’s social worlds to include people with backgrounds different from their own. School teaches children a wide range of knowledge and skills, and also conveys lessons that value success and competition. The school day runs on impersonal rules and a strict time schedule. Schools also socialize children into gender roles.

29 Peer Groups A social group whose members have interests, social position, and age in common.

30 The Mass Media Impersonal communications aimed at a vast audience. Conservative critics charge that the television and film industries are led by a liberal “cultural elite.” Another concern charges that the mass media involves too much violence.

31 The mass media shapes how we think. Socialization and the Life Course An overview of the life course reveals that our society organizes human experience according to age: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and finally, old age.

32 Childhood Childhood has special importance in the socialization process, learning continues throughout our lives.

33 Adolescence Just as industrialization created childhood as a distinct stage of life, adolescence emerged as a buffer between childhood and adulthood.

34 Adulthood Begins between the late teens and early thirties, depending on social background. After completing schooling people embark on careers. Early- till about 40, people learn to manage day-to-day affairs. Middle , people have a sense of their life circumstances.

35 Old Age The later years of adulthood and the final stage of life itself—begins about the mid- sixties.

36 Dying People talk about and plan for death. This openness may ease somewhat the pain of the surviving spouse, a consideration for women who, more often than not outlive their husbands.

37 The Life Course: An Overview Societies organize the life course according to age, but other forces such as class, race ethnicity, and gender also shape people’s lives.


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