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anticipatory socialization

Definition of Anticipatory Socialization

(noun) The process of preparing for future roles and statuses by learning and adopting new behaviors, norms, skills, and values.

Examples of Anticipatory Socialization

  • An internship where students learn the norms and values required of them in a specific workplace.
  • Attending an etiquette class.
  • Going to a university.

Anticipatory Socialization Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: an·tic·i·pa·to·ry so·cial·i·za·tion

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /an-tIs-uh-puh-tor-ee soh-shuh-luh-zAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /an-tis-i-pAY-tuh-ree soh-shuh-lie-zAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ænˈtɪsəpəˌtɔri ˌsoʊʃəlɪˈzeɪʃən/
  • British English – /ænˈtɪsɪpeɪtəri ˌsəʊʃəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: anticipatory socializations
  • The process of anticipatory socialization creates cultural capital.
  • Anticipatory socialization teaches norms through class socialization, gender socialization, and racial socialization.
  • A type of socialization.
  • Variant spelling: anticipatory socialisation

Related Quotation

  • “Anticipatory socialization is a sort of mental rehearsal for some future activity” (Henslin 2012:85).

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Henslin, James M. 2012. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. 10th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

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Cite the Definition of Anticipatory Socialization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “anticipatory socialization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/anticipatory-socialization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

anticipatory socialization. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/anticipatory-socialization/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “anticipatory socialization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/anticipatory-socialization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“anticipatory socialization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jul. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/anticipatory-socialization/>.