SOCIALIZATIONGeorge Herbert Mead(1863-1931)—extended Cooley’s concept of self to role-taking: the process by which a person mentally assumes the role of another person in order to understand the world from that person’s/group’s point of view—children “play house,” for example—eliminates ethnocentrism, or sex roles—a person’s “self” is formed when we can recognize ourselves as distinct and separate objectsMead insisted that both the “self” and the human mind are social products—looked at symbols, which can only come from societyAs children grow, they become significant others, who influence the lives of others—Mead also described generalized other, as an individual takes on the role of the group as a wholeTaking on, or at least understanding, the roles of others is essential for people to become co-operative members of groups—we modify our behavior in anticipation of how others might react to us--the fundamental aspect of diversity—also important for
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