The Role Of Socialization And The Development Of Self

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Examine socialization to identify and discuss all aspects including aims, agents, methods and potential outcomes.

Human society is much dependent rather than animal society; therefore Aristotle says
“man is a social animal.”

Socialization is the process by which children and adults learn from others. We begin learning from others during the early days of life; and most people continue their social learning all through life (unless some mental or physical disability slows or stops the learning process). Sometimes the learning is fun, as when we learn a new sport, art or musical technique from a friend we like. At other times, social learning is painful, as when we learn not to drive too fast by receiving a large fine for speeding.

The process of socialization has been conceptualized in three ways as under:
1. It is a process of learning (formal and informal both).
2. It is a process of personality formation and the development of self.
3. It is a process of internalization of social norms (expectations), values, moral codes and ideals of society.

It emphasises how society interacts and influ¬ences the individual. From this point of view, “socialisation is that process by which society transmits its culture from one generation to the next and adapts the individual to the accepted and approved ways of organised social life” (Fichter, 1957). Thus, socialisation is necessary if society is to continue and function effectively. It develops the…
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