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Socialization in Western Society

Annie & Deborah's Gender Studies final project :)

Laura Kauffman

on 28 May 2013

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How do we create a society
without prejudice? Socialization: Oppression Oppression is a pervasive system of social inequality woven throughout social institutions as well as embedded within the individual consciousness. this term encapsulates the fusion of institutional and systemic discrimination, personal bias, bigotry, and social prejudice in a complex web of relationships and structures that shade most aspects of life in society. How did/do We Get There? How do We Change? What's Wrong? The Core of Negative Socialization: Fear
Insecurity Socialization can be described as the process by which an individual acquires their personal identity. They learn values, norms, social behavioral patterns and social skills needed to integrate in and become a functioning member of their particular society. The cons of socialization: Developing and maintaining strong social relationships is an effective way to build more cohesive and productive teams. Discussion Questions: 1. Should parents treat their children differently based on gender? Why or why not? Gender Norms Examples Males Females 1. "No Sissy stuff"
2. "The big wheel"
3. "The sturdy oak"
4. "Give 'em hell" 1. "Looking pretty"
2. "A women's place"
3. "Marriage mandate"
4. "Motherhood mandate" Imitating
superior In any society it is permissible for a lower status group to imitate the culture of the dominant group, but the reverse is intolerable and not acceptable. Without the socialization of children into strictly defined gender roles, the situation would be considerably different. Imagine what a child would be like boy or girl, who was treated simply as human being. Imagine a child that grew up not assuming their opportunities in life were
already somewhat predetermined by their
sex. Imagine what a child would be like
who never thought it necessary to say
the words, "I can't do that because I'm
a girl" or "boys don't do that." Imagine
what a child would be like if they knew that everything depended on their own innate ability and motivation to succeed. Annie's rant: We think of things like gender as binaries
race Change school materials & curriculum to promote diversity

Have parents take classes, become educated on how to raise socially conscious children

Encourage children to pursue activities they are genuinely interested in, not activities that would be considered “gender appropriate” (girls can do wrestling too, boy can take ballet too - that kind of thing).

Generate well-balanced media: down play stereotypes and sexist ideals, regulate advertisements against airbrushing or sexualizing models, promote healthy ideals and empowering messages in the media.

Release gender-neutral clothing lines. That should be a thing.

Have universal sex-ed in schools. Make ALL the necessary information available in multiple places, and make sure there is no shame associated with hetero or homosexuality.

Teach young children gender-neutral pronouns (in or out of school): normalize things outside the gender binary. What is socialization and why is it important?

Socialization goes hand in hand with acculturation, which is the process by which human beings as intelligent, reflexive creatures living together with other similar organisms must pattern their way of thinking and feeling and adapt it to the ways of thinking and feeling considered appropriate in their society. Pretty much how people learn how to think and feel about certain actions.

Examples of these are a little boy going to kindergarten and learning how to "walk like a man" and not to cry for his mommy. This is socialization. Acculturation would be when this little boy says that if a little boy doesn't act in certain ways he's a "sissy."

Primary socialization (as a child) is important because it sets the ground work for all future socialization. And socialization and acculturation allow humans to adapt to their environment (ex. work, school, home, with friends) and act appropriately. Socialization & Education a: Socialization is necessary.
b: Socialization is good.
c: To be properly socialized, children must spend large amounts of time with their peers. Every parent who makes a decision to home school can be assured they are going to hear the "S" word. "What about socialization?" Socialization should not be opposing ideals of freedom and independence on which the United States was founded. Nowhere does it say that parents should give control of their children over to the government or any other group.
When children are properly raised, most children will grow up fairly friendly, cooperative and sociable. So putting kids in some artificial setting for this purpose is unnecessary. "Socialization is necessary" "Socialization is good." It is important to avoid having a nation full of people who are encouraged to think and behave exactly alike. We need out-of-the-box thinkers and a diverse society. The American education system was designed during the industrial revolution, to produce good factory workers. Good factory workers think and behave alike. Our entire education system is designed to pour all children into the same mold. Do we want to socialize our children to believe that is the correct way to do things?
When not raised properly, or when for other reasons a child becomes unfriendly, uncooperative and unsociable, it is a good thing to try and reverse that pattern. "To be properly socialized, children must spend large amounts of time with their peers." In order to become socially well-adjusted members of society, children must learn to interact well with people of all ages. yes, time with peers is an important part of that - but peddling it as a key to success is unhelpful.
Being around other children is not going to help with everything. If a large group of children are together, they will often follow the the good examples. A government run socialization tries to help students resist peer pressure. What is peer pressure if not the "socialization" that government schools provide? Socialization With Your Peers Socialization and Family Socialization and mass media The family is the first major area of socialization for most individuals. Family members help children internalize culture and develop a social identity. They also provide an ascribed social status, and play a part in early sex-role socialization.

It can also go in the opposite direction; the child will usually socialize their family members by getting them used to their routines, and will create signals to communicate their needs with family members. Human behavior is almost never the product of one variable (such as playing video game or reading a magazine). socialization is a
powerful way to
keep things the
same. but it can
also be a great
way of making
things change! The mass media are means for delivering impersonal communications directed to a vast audience. The term media comes from Latin meaning, "middle," suggesting that the media's function is to connect people. Since mass media has enormous effects on our attitudes and behavior it is an important contributor to the socialization process. When, in fact life is lived on a spectrum. You get less of a chance to express yourself as an individual by being sucked into larger social identities. People just want to be accepted.

They often think that by doing what they think others want them to do, it will make other people like them more, and elevate their status in society There are three basic implications in the question: Its almost like people have been socialized to think that "proper" socialization is necessary! Fitting in Matching your own individual identity with the group identity We have very clear view of the
stereotypical "perfect" family: Families pass on their values to their children 2. How do we initiate change in the public school system? 3. How much time should young children spend with their peers? 4. How do we separate our individual identity from our cultural identity? 6. What is "proper" socialization? 5. Should we avoid or embrace popular culture? Is there a middle ground? What is Mass Media? Does the content of television programs and video games make children less sensitive to violence and more prone to aggressive behavior? What does living in a mass-media super saturated environment do to us? Is intense media exposure detrimental to academic success? Although video games are less passive and more participatory than television watching, they result in the same increase in violent and aggressive behavior, especially in boys. Boys play video games twice as much as girls. Moreover, boys are more likely to play violent simulations involving shooting and fighting whereas girls are more likely to play board games, puzzles and trivia (Wagner, 2004). At the same time, since high-paying careers are available in the technological industries, early familiarity with computers might stimulate children’s interest in computer-related careers and open the doors to them. As Cynthia Wagner suggests, girls should be encouraged to play video games so that they too gain access to these careers where they would probably create less violent games. However, so far, the video game industry produces mostly for a male audience. Aggressive behavior has many roots: 7. Why do boys play video games more than girls? People who watch more TV more likely to have stereotypical views of women & minorities
less exercise, more likely to be overweight Questions: Influences decision making identity is a very important aspect of self, influencing behavior in all out efforts to be accepted. Overseeing appropriate, mature actions to better establish self's presence in society Human beings are social animals - we need socialization to survive! living in an extroverted, cookie-cut, mainstream society, means that our identities are influenced by our environments., we learn that the easiest way to maneuver and feel worthy in these environments is by fitting into a group to match the majoritie's identity. It allows to function under a sense of security: when we are socialized into a society, we belong. Not everyone fits into society; by socializing each other in, we are also excluding others.
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