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Socialization is learning to become a member of the groups and society in which one lives, and is one way that societies continue through time.
Learning Goals:
  1. Understand the primary agents of socialization and why they are influential.
  2. Understand what happens when infants receive very little human contact.
  3. Understand the social construction of the self.
  4. Be aware of several theories about the socialization process.
  5. Understand that socialization is largely invisible to the "naked eye," involves both active and passive learning, and continues through the life course.
  6. Understand how sociologists analyze the contents, contexts, and processes of socialization.
  7. Understand the concepts of resocialization and desocialization.