Essay about Agents of Socialization
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Agents of socialization in short are the people, groups, and social institutions, as well as the interactions within these groups that influence a person’s social and self-development. Agents of socialization are believed to provide the critical information needed for children to function successfully as a member of society. Some examples of such agents are family, neighborhood, schools, peers, religion, sports, the workplace, and especially the mass media. Each agent of socialization is linked to another. For example, in the media, symbolic images affect both the individual and the society, making the mass media the most controversial socialization agent. One of the most obvious places agents of socialization lay is in the malls of…show more content…
The men in these posters on the other hand are depicted as muscular, tan, strong, wealthy, and powerful, they too try to fit their “role” of manhood; hence the reasons there are so many violent teenage boys. They all think that being tough and strong is how they are supposed to be, and girls are depicted to be weak, dainty, and depended on males.
Going into different stores, one can easily pick up on the major gender roles each store supports. Even the morals of an innocent toy store, such as KB Toys, is tainted by the gender-differentiating dolls for girls, and trucks for boys. Upon entering the store you can tell right away which aisles attract which kids. To the left there is pink fluffy bears, pink Barbie and friends toys, white teddy bears etc. To the right there is a less vibrant color setting, coordinating army green, black, and gray color schemes. I think it is apparent to anyone who enters these stores that the pink pretty isles are meant to attract little girls, and the dark green and gray isles are meant to attract boys. Upon the packages of toy trucks and guns, there are pictures of young boys playing with them and/or cartoon male figures controlling them. On the packaging of Barbie and her friends there are also other girls on the packaging. I was unable to pick up on a single female on the package of any toy truck or gun throughout the entire store. The
The Process of Socialization Essay
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How does the socialization process simultaneously create both the individual and the institution?
Children are born into this world without any form of a sociological culture. They go through a sociological developmental process in, which parents, teachers, and other influences, transform them into socially proficient individuals. What is socialization? Socialization is how people teach others how to interact with their group. As an individual becomes socialized so they also create a socialized institution. Socialization is a process we learn and reflects upon our behaviors, and it is the way of adapting to what is considered to be appropriate based on the society which we live. In the same sense a child is nothing more than a puppet,…show more content…
The two sociologists are George Herbert, and Charles Cooley. Charles Cooley developed his ideas in the early 1900s. Charles Cooley “devised a simple but elegant way to conceptualize how individuals gain a sense of self” (Theories of the Self 129). Cooley refers to his concept as the “looking-glass self”. He believes as humans we act as mirrors to each other, “reflecting back to one another an image of ourselves”. Cooley summarizes his theory by saying, “Each to each a looking-glass”, “Reflects the other that doth pass”. This basically means we view ourselves as people view us, and we become what we feel people view about us. He gives three steps which he believes creates the self. “We imagine how we look to others”. “We imagine how others evaluate us”. “We develop some sort of feeling about ourselves”. He feels these three steps are the core foundation of becoming socialized into our environment.
George Herbert Mead was a philosopher who created the theory of the “The Self” or also known as the “Genesis of the Self”. Within the “Genesis of the Self” there are three stages in which Herbert feels are the building blocks of the becoming of one’s self. The first stage of the process also called the “preparatory stage”. In the “Preparatory Stage”, children imitate those around them (Parents, Siblings etc.), and begin to understand and use symbols (Toys which teach them various roles). By