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Intro to Sociology Week 4

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Intro to Sociology Week 4 SOC1001

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Intro to Sociology
Gerald Reid
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Date Created: 02/09/16
Intro to Sociology Week #4 Notes Socialization Process  Humans- few instincts- must learn culture and structure! Cannot learn C/S without other people! Cannot know self without other people! Cannot meet needs without other people! WE ARE SOCIAL.  Effects of isolation and deprivation o Physical growth and physical health negatively effected o Mental health is negatively affected o Cognitive or intellectual development if deferred, arrested, or even reversed o Socio-emotional development suffers  Socialization: lifelong process through which o The culture and structure are learned-lacking instincts, humans have to learn their culture and have to learn their place relative to others with whom they interact (structure) o An emerging human develops a social self- a looking glass self o Members are replaced in society- to preserve the culture and fill positions in the social structure  Requisites for “normal” development o Considerable human interaction must occur o Some mastery of language and other symbols must happen o Some measure of affectionate acceptance must be present Generalized Other  Self is a social product- the awareness we have of who we are as unique human beings  Mind is a social product- mind is human capacity to learn, think, use symbols  Mead- stresses learning through role taking o Through play, a child learns to step outside themselves and assume the role of an other o Child learns to take role of specific other o Child learns to see themselves as others see them – first specific other then more generalized other  Specific other- example ‘father’ or ‘fireman’  Generalized other- an awareness of general society o Child learned imaginative rehearsal o Child learns to select from options and then act o Child learns to self control behavior Agents of Socialization  Family- language, basic personality, basic self concept  Peers- self in comparison, competitive skill development  School- knowledge and skills, more interpersonal  Mass Media- knowledge of outside world, new and different behaviors  Workplace- new knowledge and skills, new culture, new roles  The Street- value of respect, value of toughness, the place of women, status of the player Some Major Issues Related to Socialization  Lifelong (not just childhood- every transition- every new challenge)  Historical Context- a time of: o Great depression; unprecedented affluence, constant threat of terrorism  Multiple concepts of SELF (?) o Multiple ROLES so multiple SELVES?  Cohort Differences o Baby Boomers o MTV Generation o Generation X o Millennium Cohort (longitudinal study being conducted now)  Gender Differences o Male development better understood than female development o Almost no understanding of transgender development Social Structure  The invisible system that coordinates human interaction and behavior in broadly predictable ways  Institutions: family, education, economy, government, religion, medicine, law, and more. These core institutions dominate our lives- most of our daily activities occur within these structures; most of our needs met within these structures o Institutions have a history; they were here before us o Institutions do, however, constantly change o Institutions distribute income, wealth, other resources in unequal ways o Institutions promote ideologies that legitimate the structures o Over time, on institution may pick up the function of another- e.g. modern family has given up much to education  Social Statuses/Positions o Social Status- position that an individual occupies (e.g. female, sister, lesbian, mother, executive) o Social Status- only has meaning in relation to other roles  Ascribed status- race, age, sex, birth order  Achieved Status- typically a position that is earned o Status Set- all of the statuses that one person assumes o Master status- one that overshadows others; shapes every aspect of life in all situations (e.g. unemployed, ex-convict, racial identity, celebrity status, scarlet letter)  Social Roles- behavior expected of someone holding a particular status Social Structures Empowers and Contraints  Structures always empower  Structures always constrain o A set of expectations are attached to every role o Norms and values shape roles o Norms are attached to roles NOT to people Social structure  The invisible system that coordinates human interaction and behavior in broadly predictable ways  Is about the different statuses, roles, and how they are interconnected- and size of networks created Culture  Ideology  Symbols  Technology Must have Both for reality to be meaningful


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