Agents of Socialization List & Flashcards

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Family members and guardians . . .
Are those responsible for how we learn to function and take care of ourselves in society.
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Family
The most important influence on our development and socialization process.
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The four major agents of socialization are . . .
Family, schools, peers, and mass media.
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Childhood
The time when the most important and influential aspects of socialization occur.
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Behavioral Norms
The acceptable behaviors we must learn in order to fit in well with the rest of society.
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Human Nature
The typical characteristics of human behavior generally learned through the process of socialization.
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Socialization
The ongoing process of learning how to effectively interact with others and make good judgments about the expectations of personal interactions.
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As social beings, humans must learn as children to interact with one another appropriately to successfully survive and thrive on the planet. Socialization is the process of learning how to socially interact within your group, and to understand how the value and belief systems work within that group.

Though attitudes, beliefs, values and ideas are not always shared among different groups of people, the same process of socialization takes place all over the world through four major channels, or agents, of social influence: family, schools, peers, and mass media.

Family ties give us our first impression of what it means to be human and share a life and resources with a group of people living in close quarters. From there, we begin the schooling process where we not only learn knowledge and information, but also learn how to negotiate within a larger social organization.

Thankfully, we do have a choice in the third agent of socialization, and that is when we choose our friends, or peer group, who have the greatest influence on our behavior particularly in our later childhood years. Finally, last but definitely not least, the mass media has an enormous influence on how we view and understand the world as children.

All of these agents of socialization begin making their mark on us as people in our early childhood, and the influence of family, schools, peers, and mass media continue to impact us throughout our adult lives.

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Socialization
The ongoing process of learning how to effectively interact with others and make good judgments about the expectations of personal interactions.
Human Nature
The typical characteristics of human behavior generally learned through the process of socialization.
Behavioral Norms
The acceptable behaviors we must learn in order to fit in well with the rest of society.
Childhood
The time when the most important and influential aspects of socialization occur.
The four major agents of socialization are . . .
Family, schools, peers, and mass media.
Family
The most important influence on our development and socialization process.
Family members and guardians . . .
Are those responsible for how we learn to function and take care of ourselves in society.
Family teaches us . . .
How to function in a group, interact in important relationships, and share common goals and resources.
Values
The moral sense of what is important and what is right and wrong typically most influenced by family and guardians in childhood.
Collectivism
A value of socialization expressed in cultures where there is more emphasis on the identity of the group rather than the identity of the individual.
Indvidualism
A value of socialization that emphases the importance of the identity of the individual over the identity of the group.
School
The second most influential agent of socialization.
Obeying authority is an example of . . .
The socialization process in schools when we learn as children to listen to the teacher, wait patiently, and give the teacher our full attention even when you would rather do something else.
Peer Group
Those we choose to form relationships with and have who have the most influence over our behavior in our younger years.
Mass Media
Any media that communicates a message to an audience: television, books, magazines, newspapers, radio, movies, and of course, the internet and social media.

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