Intro to Contemporary Society

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To ask any person what family means in contemporary society is to take a glimpse into the multitude of terms describing family forms, that is; “household, couple family, nuclear family, extended family, single-parent family, blended families and stepfamilies” (Germov & Poole, 2007). Therefore regardless of how a family is structured an integral component that each one of these families has is the role they play in the socialisation process. That is, every person’s life from the time they are born till the time they pass will be encompassed with acquiring what is their cultural “norms, values, beliefs, attitudes and language” (Gecas, 2001, p. 2855). In doing so the individuals self and personality will be formed and moulded.
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2856). In addition, support and control from families are the most powerful models of influence in the socialisation process. Children who are continually supported by their family through the progression of significant life stages are found to present encouraging “cognitive development, moral behaviour, positive self esteem, academic achievement and social competence” (Rollins & Thomas, 1979, p. 41). Conversely, where there is a lack of family support children may display negative outcomes. Rollins and Thomas (1979) suggest “low self esteem, delinquency, deviance, drug use, and various other problem behaviours” (p. 42). Also, parental control is just as important as support in the socialisation process. Just like support, the level of control families exercise forms of punishment, discipline, supervision, strictness and monitoring can lead to positive or negative developmental and behavioural outcomes for the child. A significant behaviour that is discovered in the family context is what it means to be a boy or girl. This process takes place when the families we exist in “condition our behaviours by treating boys and girls in accordance with social expectations” (Holmes, 200, p. 43). Children “quickly learn how men and women are expected to behave, even if those close to them do not always behave according to those expectations” (Holmes, 2007, p. 43). The socialisation experience of girls across

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