Chapter 5: Socialization

Socialization helps people learn to function successfully in their social worlds. How does the process of socialization occur? How do we learn to use the objects of our society’s material culture? How do we come to adopt the beliefs, values, and norms that represent its non-material culture?

Answer: This learning takes place through interaction with variousagents of socialization,like peer groups and families, plus both formal and informal social institutions. Social Group Agents Social groups often provide the first experiences of socialization. Families, and later peer groups, communicate expectations and reinforce norms. People first learn to use the tangible objects of material culture in these settings, as well as being introduced to the beliefs and values of society. 

  1. Pick three agents of socialization from the list below and describe how important they are to the development and socialization of individuals in our society.
  2. Also give two examples for each agent of socialization that you chose and tell how this affected your development.

Agents of Socialization for you to pick to discuss:

Family, Peers, School, Work, Government, Mass Media, Religious Organizations and their Leaders, Sports Teams and other Interest Groups/Hobby Groups.

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