Three Major Components Of Charles Cooley's Theory
Charles Cooley is an American sociologist born in 1864 at the University of Michigan college campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His father was a well-known lawyer and Charles Cooley had a hard time living in his father’s footsteps. As boy, Cooley was sick a lot, which may be related to the dysfunctional relationship with his father. To add to Charles struggles, he also had a speech impediment.
Cooley was always a reader and enjoyed reading the works of Herbert Spencer and Charles Darwin. His readings influenced his life’s work more than his college courses. In college, he majored in Engineering, although he did not like this …show more content…
These three parts depend on each other for survival and depend on each other to remain whole. The primary groups are what connect individuals to society. These groups, according to Cooley, involve characteristics of being “small, informal, having close personal relationships, and has an important role of shaping the self.” An example of a primary group would be a family. A family establishes ideas and is especially important to children. The family teaches children to function properly in society, helps the child to develop a sense of self, and human nature. Human nature can include love, ambition, and feelings of right and