Week 5, Class Notes, Socialization

Week 5, Class Notes, Socialization - Class Notes, Week 5,...

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Class Notes, Week 5, Socialization Socialization: the process by which we learn the ways of society or particular groups (we learn to be social beings through human contact) The purpose of socialization: to indoctrinate people into society, have them conform to the dominant cultural norms, beliefs, and values How do we develop a sense of self? We aren’t born with it. Charles Horton Cooley’s piece about the looking-glass self looks at how we develop a sense of self from a young age from interaction with others. Although this begins at childhood, it is an ongoing process. This is an important aspect of symbolic interaction. Looking-glass self - how we feel about or see ourselves and our resultant behavior is influenced/shaped by how we imagine others view us. We behave in ways to present an image of ourselves that will reproduce or change those images George Herbert Mead : more symbolic interaction. He argued that through play, we learn to take “the role of the other”—to understand how another person will feel and think, allowing us to anticipate how they will act. At first, kids cannot take the role of the other . As they develop, they learn the role of significant others (i.e. parents or siblings), and finally, the role of the generalized other (people in general). The role of the other helps us cooperate/modify behaviors based on anticipation of how others will react. There are 3 stages in learning the role of the other:
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