Role Of Agent Of Socialization

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Having a favorite artist, your own way of dressing, or having a strong belief in something, are few of the different parts of your personality. If you have ever wondered how your character came to be, the answer is all around you. To be less broad and narrow things down, im referring to the well known agents of socialization. This refers to the four primary groups which includes the family, peer groups, school, and the mass media. Although it may not be obvious, the agents of socialization play a major part is shaping an individual. Whether it’s your family, mass media, or any of the agents of socialization, your identity comes to be thanks to them. Without your individuality, what separates you from any other person? Throughout the years and …show more content…
Since the moment one is born, family has always been the one to have great importance in shaping an individual. A parent’s main job is to raise a child the right way in order for him or her to grow up to be a well rounded human being. Parents are the first people to teach a baby what is seen as acceptable amongst people. From family, a child gains a vast amount of knowledge due to the fact that young kids are barely learning, and they’ll try to mimic their parent’s actions. Even if a family member does not have the intention of teaching the child a certain thing, kids will unintentionally receive this completely, out of context message and copy it. Although families are not made up of just parent but siblings also play a huge role in shaping a child’s entity. Siblings determine a child’s “birth order”, whether it’s being the oldest, middle, or youngest child, that individual is affected a lot by this. It may seem to not be of great importance but this determines your status and the role you play in your family. For example, when someone is the oldest child, that individual is seen as the role model and must try to be a good example for the younger siblings. English philosopher, John Locke, has a great theory known as “tabula rasa” also known as clean slate. This relates for the reason that Locke believed that a newborn baby …show more content…
Everything that we are exposed to in society we take back with us and it changes us in some ways. All of the individual parts of our “self”, once they come together is what makes us who we are. After all, we are exposed to society one hundred percent of the time, there is no way we cannot be influenced by it. Families will forever be a part of our lives and they are able to constantly lecture us. Peer groups are able to influence due to the fact that we want to be a part of their crowd and befriend them as we start to get older. School is a place where we spend so much time that we see it as a second family, you’ve grown along with your fellow classmates and the teachers have been witnesses of this, this is why you are affected so much by it. Whether it’s the music you listen or how you dress, you did not just evolve on your own because the agents of socialization were there all along helping you become the person you

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