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The Socialisation process.

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Kath Camps Socialisation The Socialisation process is the way by which we learn acceptable behaviour in our culture. This process involves social control, as it is an attempt by others to shape the way we behave. As we develop certain values and adopt particular norms, this too becomes a form of social control, as we place limits on what we consider to be acceptable or "normal" behaviour. The Socialisation process continues throughout life and has many agents of socialisation. The first agents we usually encounter are our families. This primary socialisation teaches us the basic social skills for life. Generally the values we learn from our parents stay with us throughout life. ...read more.

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the classroom, this would be an attempt to teach the child that behaviour that disrupts the class is is not acceptable within that particular social group. This social control will be used to shape the children into acceptable members of the school society. Throughout secondary socialisation children are often faced with an informal form of social control, this happens when the child does not meet the expectations of the peer group, for example, a child that does not wear the "right clothes" may not be accepted into a certain social group. The accepted norms of a group of teenagers for example may not necessarily be acceptable behaviour for adult life, therefore people are continually adapting their behaviour throughout life. ...read more.

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Social control is still encountered as an adult as an adult must abide be the laws, and anyone who breaks with the norms of adult behaviour are seen as social outcasts. People, therefore, create rules of behaviour that are the basis of social organisation, and as we all have the choice as to whether we obey these rules they are met by social sanctions. Through socialisation, people conform to social expectations, although people still express themselves as individuals. Socialisation cannot be a uniform process. Growing up in such a diverse, multi-cultural society with differing environments means that people are exposed to different expectations, for example, Muslim women living in the U.K. still observe the dress codes of their own culture. Factors such as family structure, social class, religions and regional differences would influence socialisation. ...read more.

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