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What are the 6 agents of socialisation?

The family


Peer groups



Mass media

What does the family refer to?

Seen as an important institution in most societies. The concept of family, its social roles & norms differ between and within cultures. Primary socialisation.

What are the different types of family?

Nuclear families (traditional)

Single parent families

Same-sex families

Extended families

Childless families

Reconstituted families

What is the dark side of the family?

Children who experience violence, abuse, alcohol or drug problems, crime & neglect within their family. In these cases, primary socialisation can be a negative process eg children learn to behave in ways unacceptable to majority of society.

How does the family contribute to social order?

It is usually within the family the child will first experience positive & negative social sanctions. Family educates children about social norms, playing a crucial part in maintaining social order.

What is education?

Any socialisation which takes place outside the family is know as secondary socialisation. In 21st century UK, law dictates that children must be educated. Nurseries/schools/college/universities regularly give us the same messages about social norms & behaviours attached to social roles already learnt during primary socialisation & introduce us to new ones.

What are peer groups?

People you mix with who are a similar age & have similar interests, eg music and status. Most influential in our lives during adolescence. We see our peers as equals.

What is work?

A social norm in the UK. Can be paid (we receive a salary or wage) or unpaid (voluntary work or being a housewife/husband).

What is religion?

The UK is multi-cultural, & some religions followed include Islam, Judaism, Hiduism etc. It is only an important agent of socialisation if it is part of someone's life.

What is mass media?

A variety of communications that reach a large number of people. Eg the internet, tv, newspapers etc.