Social Observation Paper

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Socialization is a life process by which children and adults learn from each other. It is divided into two parts which are primary and secondary socialization. Primary socialization takes place early in life, as a child and adolescent. The secondary socialization is when socialization takes place throughout one 's life, both as a child and as one encounters new groups that require additional socialization.The moment we are born, we are separated by our gender and taught the gender’s role. In many social constructs, gender is closely observed and reinforced by society. Society assigns a gender the type of toys to play with and the type of clothing to wear. Through a merger of social conditioning and personal interest by the age of three most children favor activities and display behaviors typically related to their sex. As a result, fitting into social gender roles and expectations is very important in society. For my project on socialization I picked to observe the roles of gender toys and clothing. The store I decided to review my observations was Walmart located in cookeville, where toys and clothing are both available to their customers. The toys and clothing are sectioned by gender roles such as femininity and masculinity. The data I obtained from my observation was surprising, I have never realized the powerful role of society. I learned so much more about socialization from this project and enjoyed it as well.

At the beginning of my observation at walmart, I went

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