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Unformatted text preview: P a g e | 1 Running Head: HUMAN SOCIALIZATION Summary/Synthesis Paper: SOCIALIZATION AGENTS AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE Megan Kellen Minnesota State University – Fall 2007 Social Psychology 351 Word Count: 651 The agents of socialization are the people, groups, or institutions that teach us what we need to know in order to participate in society. Berger and Luckman note that socialization is the “process whereby children are inducted into a society and its shared or objective reality” (Cahill 2007:2). Our induction into society depends on the immediate family and institutions of primary and secondary socialization. I thought it would be interesting to use the Social Foundations of Human Experience section by Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, and relate it to my own development. It all begins with primary socialization which is the first type of socialization an individual encounters. Since an “individual…is not born a member a society” (Berger and Luckmann 1966:5), a human must depend on a significant other to introduce them into society. As the significant other, the family is the most important agent of primary into society....
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SOC 351 taught by Professor Hunter during the Spring '08 term at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
- Spring '08