Socialization of Self Directions

Socialization of Self Directions




Question and Answer

For a fact, socialization has far more impact on a person than biological predisposition. Socialization is the process that teaches individuals what they are expected of for the future. On the other hand biological predisposition, in the context of sociology, is commonly referred to as an individual ‘nature’ rather than ‘nurture.’ Many individuals tend to adapt activities and behavior based on individual possession rather than what is taught to them. For example, the behavior one possesses will likely to follow one in future. This is unlike ‘nurtured behavior’ that one possesses based on one’s environment and teachings.

  1. Explain the following statement: Studies have shown that socialization has far more impact on a person than biological predisposition.

Currently I am of the choir band leader at my local church. The agents of socialization, predominantly the school, the mass media and the school, have played a crucial role in my aforementioned role. My family members are staunch Lutherans since I was a child up to date. Henceforth, I have followed suit as a member of the family. The school, my family and my peers have all influenced my decision of serving the lord via being the head of choir of my church.

  1. Identify a role that you currently hold. How have the agents of socialization, specific to you, placed you in the identified role? Identify three agents of socialization in your response.

The agent of socialization in question would be the peer group. The peer groups are able to influence one’s activity and behavioral pattern through the process of biological predisposition. After the family, the peer group is the second most significant in a child’s encounter during one’s lifetime. The functional perspective of the aforementioned includes the ability of one’s peer to affect the interest such as fashion, appearance, social activities and lifestyle among others.

  1. Finally, select one agent of socialization and evaluate how the Functional perspective would evaluate it.

It is important to note that the family comes first in the hierarchy of the agents of socialization. A family’s traits and behavior is likely to influence one’s behavior from childhood to adulthood.


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