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Analyse the differences between primary and secondary socialisation

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Analyse the differences between primary and secondary socialisation

Socialisation starts from the moment we are born and continues until the day we die. It turns us from being totally reliant infants into self-aware adults and teaches us how to behave as a human being within society and culture. Because society is in a constant state of change we never stop learning how to behave and this is why the socialisation process continues throughout an individual's lifetime. There are two very different types of socialisation that happen in a lifetime at very different stages.

They are Primary Socialisation and Secondary Socialisation.

Primary socialisation consists of the most important developmental stage a human being will go through. When we are born we are not aware of our 'self'. For example, a baby will not understand that by shaking a rattle, it is actually him that is making the noise happen. Primary socialisation is the process that makes us self-aware and occurs between the infant and the people with whom they would have a primary relationship with, such as parents and very close grandparents. A primary relationship is close, personal, intimate and face-to-face. The people we have these relationships with

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