Example: Children are socialized by their parents who teach them acceptable behaviors in certain social situations such as not talking in movies and respecting their elders.
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- Plural: socializations
- Socialization typically relates to children, but socialization is continual as an individual or group adapts to other individuals or groups, roles, and situations.
- Socialization can be intentional (anticipatory socialization) or unintentional and formal or informal.
- Agents of socialization include family, mass media, peer groups, and schools.
- Socialization is similar to enculturalization. The distinction between the two is socialization is learning societal norms, and enculturalization is learning cultural norms; however, neither process occurs independent of the other. Socialization typically refers to children and is formal or deliberate, enculturalization typically refers to “people” in general and is informal.
- Some sources list acculturation, enculturation, and socialization as synonyms, while these terms are similar and easily confused, they are not synonyms in an academic context.
- Variant form: socialisation
- People (verb) socialize themselves and others by (verb) socializing with other (noun) socializers in order to become (noun) socialized.
- Socialization used in a sentence: Children begin the process of socialization the day they are born.
- “The kind of person we become depends greatly on what we learn during our formative years from our surrounding social groups and social environment” (Kendall 2006:105).
- Word origin of “socialization” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- Mennesson, C. 2009. “Being a Man in Dance: Socialization Modes and Gender Identities.” Sport in Society 12(2):174–95. doi:10.1080/17430430802590979.
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- cultural contact
- social acceptance
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “socialization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 27, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/socialization/).
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socialization. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/socialization/
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