This discussion addresses module outcome 2. In this discussion you will apply the theories of socialization to the concept of family as an agent of socialization. Be sure to watch this video on Primary and Secondary Socialization [Video, 1:45 mins], and read Chapter 4 and the lecture notes before beginning this activity. Theories that examine socialization argue that you learn social behaviors from other actors and institutions in society. This includes family, religion, education, the media and peers. If you are socialized appropriately, you take these lessons and become productive members of society. If you fail to learn these lessons you are “deviant” which can create problems for you (not fitting in), or for society (criminal deviance).
Before beginning this activity, be sure to read the Module Notes and the assigned readings and viewings. Use as much detail from the readings and other learning materials in the module as possible to answer the following questions.
- Pick one social norm that you learned during your childhood.
- Discuss how family, religion, education, the media and peers assisted in teaching you this norm. Use a specific example of how each of these influenced your socialization. For example, “My family taught me how to….”
- Socialization is harder for adults. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain why.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words and must substantively integrate the assigned readings with proper APA style formatting.
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