Essay about Socialization As An Individual Of Social Identity

824 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Over the course of our lives we learn what norms, values, and social practices are acceptable and unacceptable. At a very young age, each individual starts to go through a process called socialization. In our book socialization is defined as, “the social processes through which children develop an awareness of social norms and values and achieve a distinct sense of self” (Giddens, 2013, p.69). When you think back to your childhood, you can remember your parents, family, or even teachers telling you if you did something that was acceptable or not. As you got older there were other agents of socialization, “groups or social contexts”, that made you wonder if you were being socially acceptable. There are many different agents of socialization that help us to find our social identity. The three main agents of socialization that have a major influence on individuals are their family, the mass media, and the friendships they create. As an individual our social identity helps us figure out who we are and where we fit into society. Throughout our whole lives, from childhood to adulthood, we are influenced by specific agencies of socialization that help us fit into society.

During our childhood, our family is one of the biggest factors that influence our knowledge on what norms and values are socially acceptable. When we are born we rely heavily on our parents and other family members in order to help us survive. It is from our family that our first system of beliefs and norms…

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