Ch 4: Socialization & Interaction

About This Chapter

Check out this chapter to brush up on socialization and interaction in sociology. The mini lessons make it convenient for you to prepare for an exam, since it is easier to fit in shorter lessons throughout the breaks in your day compared to trying to find large blocks of study time.

Socialization & Interaction - Chapter Summary

This chapter explores how socialization and interaction work in humans. To try and simplify this complex concept, our instructors have carefully divided the chapter into short, topic-specific lessons. By going to the chapter menu, you can see that each lesson is clearly labeled, so you can quickly find the individual topics you need to review. At the close of the chapter, you will have learned enough to do the following:

  • Describe the development of self-views
  • Identify the methods by which the self is presented
  • Analyze the implications of Jean Piaget's stages of cognitive development
  • Explain how the agents of socialization influence individuals
  • Compare case studies of social isolation and socialization
  • Point out the three main types of social groups
  • Define the different types of social networks

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Socialization & Interaction
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Sense of Self and Self-Socialization: The Development of Self-Views

1. Sense of Self and Self-Socialization: The Development of Self-Views

In this lesson, we will explore the sense of self, self-socialization, and the two social scientists who contributed to this field. We will examine Charles Cooley's theory of the Looking-Glass Self and George Herbert Mead's stages of play, game, and generalized other.

Presentation of Self: Methods to Presenting The Self

2. Presentation of Self: Methods to Presenting The Self

All of us like to present ourselves to others as someone who is likable and successful. In this lesson, we discuss the concept of dramaturgical analysis as proposed by Erving Goffman. We also talk about the practice of idealization and how nonverbal communication can sometimes sabotage our presentation efforts.

Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

3. Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget developed a theory of cognitive development that described and explained the changes in logical thinking of children and adolescents. Within that theory, he identified four stages of cognitive development through which all learners must proceed. This lesson will introduce you to and differentiate between those stages.

Agents of Socialization: Family, Schools, Peers and Media

4. Agents of Socialization: Family, Schools, Peers and Media

The socialization that we receive in childhood has a lasting effect on our ability to interact with others in society. In this lesson, we identify and discuss four of the most influential agents of socialization in childhood: family, school, peers, and media.

Socialization and Social Isolation: Definition & Case Studies

5. Socialization and Social Isolation: Definition & Case Studies

Interestingly, socialization seems to be the process that makes us act human. Here, we define socialization and discuss its importance to human development. We also contrast it to social isolation and discuss several case studies regarding what happens when humans don't or can't socialize.

Types of Social Groups: Primary, Secondary and Reference Groups

6. Types of Social Groups: Primary, Secondary and Reference Groups

The study of social groups is a main focus of many sociologists. In this lesson, we define social groups and differentiate between several different types including primary, secondary, and reference groups.

What are Social Networks? - Types & Examples

7. What are Social Networks? - Types & Examples

In this lesson you'll learn what social networks are, where they came from, and how they are built. Also, take a quiz to see if you have what it takes to be a good social networker.

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