Socialization and the Family II

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What is the \”looking glass self\”?
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a term coined by Charles Horton Cooley to refer to the process by which our self develops through internalizing others’ reactions to us
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Why are total institutions effective in changing people’s behavior? Please give an example of a total institution.
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total institutions are very effective in stripping away individuals’ personal freedom because they are isolated from the public, they suppress preexisting statuses, they suppress cultural norms, and they closely supervise the entire lives of their residents. examples of total institutions include boarding schools, concentration camps, colleges, cults, prisons, mental institutions, sailing ships, boot camps, monasteries, convents, nursing homes, and orphanages
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What are some of the problems with day care in this country?
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high cost, parents have no idea what kind of care the children are receiving when they aren’t there
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Please list the 4 main agents of socialization in American society. Please describe what the agents are and how they shape the individual.
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Please list and describe 4 basic functions of the family. Please describe how these functions affect the individual.
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Economic production, socialization of children, care of the sick and aged, recreation, sexual control, and reproduction. All of these are basic to the survival of every society.
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Please list and describe 5 trends in American family life. Which trend, do you believe, is the most important and why?
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How does the family serve to perform the socialization process on individuals? Please use at least 4 examples to explain your answer.
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The family is the most important agent of socialization because it is the centre of the child’s life, as infants are totally dependent on others. Not all socialization intentional, it depends on the surrounding. The most profound affect is gender socialization, however the family also shoulders the task of teaching children cultural values and attitudes about themselves and others. Children learn continuously from the environment that adults create. Children also become aware of class at a very early age and assign different values to each class accordingly. a place of intimacy, love and trust where individuals may escape the competition of dehumanizing forces in modern society. The family’s task was to protect against the outside world.

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