Socialization

Socialization (or socialisation) is a term used by sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, political scientists and educationalists to refer to the lifelong process of inheriting and disseminating norms, customs and ideologies, providing an individual with the skills and habits necessary for participating within his or her own society. Socialization is thus ‘the means by which social and cultural continuity are attained’.

Socialization describes a process which may lead to desirable, or 'moral', outcomes. Individual views on certain issues, such as race or economics, may be socialized (and to that extent normalized) within a society. Many socio-political theories postulate that socialization provides only a partial explanation for human beliefs and behaviors, maintaining that agents are not 'blank slates' predetermined by their environment. Scientific research provides some evidence that people might be shaped by both social influences and genes. Genetic studies have shown that a person's environment interacts with his or her genotype to influence behavioral outcomes.

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Refrigerator Mother Theory - Other Notable Psychiatrists
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Anticipatory Socialization
... Anticipatory socialization is the process, facilitated by social interactions, in which non-group-members learn to take on the values and standards of groups that they aspire to ... Words commonly associated with anticipatory socialization include grooming, play-acting, training and rehearsing ... The concept of anticipatory socialization, first defined by sociologist Robert K ...
Travis (chimpanzee) - Socialization
... Like all wild animals, the chimpanzee could not be domesticated, but he was socialized ... A neighbor said he used to play around with Travis and wrestle with him ...
Sociology Of The Family - Sociology of Childhood - Current Tasks
... Questions about socialization practices and institutions remain central in childhood research ... To analyze socialization processes means, therefore, to reconstruct the historically and culturally varying conceptions, processes and institutions of disciplining and civilization of the ... They are the legacy of the older socialization approach and they legitimate some forms of childhood and education practices as indispensable and even ...
Sociology Of Education - Theoretical Perspectives - Structural Functionalism - Socialization
... Socialization is the process by which the new generation learns the knowledge, attitudes and values that they will need as productive citizens ...