Culture and Socialisation: the Building Blocks of Our Identity

1811 Words Aug 5th, 2012 8 Pages
Everything we as human beings come into contact with in the social world has a role, however minor, in helping to shape our individual identities. However, the question has been posed, is it culture and socialisation which are more influential as a social process in developing our identity or is it the social structures which are the main shapers in developing our identity? The culture we are raised in and the people that we come into contact with on a daily basis as a young child are the first encounters we have with socialisation. As children we imitate those close to us and habits begin to form. Through this imitation we also learn to express our emotions. These behaviours are ingrained in us from an early age and are the first basic …show more content…
Many studies of feral children left living in isolation and then discovered, later show that they simply cannot then function as social beings. (Sociology: The Basics, Ken Plummer 2010, p. 20).
With the ideas that what behaviours we learn as young children being vital in the development of our identity, we must also look at how we are taught to express our emotions and the acceptable ways we must conduct ourselves in society. Without a basic understanding of what behaviours are accepted and communicating our feelings in the correct manner, we cannot properly relate to others.
When the proper socialisation techniques are employed from a child they are more easily integrated into our community and are quite capable of self-expression. However, if they are not equipped with the right tools it becomes harder for them to communicate on a satisfactory level with others. This may lead to rejection from social groups and because we reflect on how we assume other perceive us, we to tend interpret negative thoughts of ourselves. This can lead to low self-esteem and anti-social behaviour. “Who we are is always being reflected back to us – like a mirror image – by other people, and we come to dwell in the mind of others.” (Sociology: The Basics, Ken Plummer 2010, p. 22).
It is also found through socialisation and in some instances, our culture, we also begin to express ourselves through our appearance. Culture has a rather

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