Socialization test Essay

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Socialization test

Socialization Test #2

1. Social interaction is absolutely necessary for one to develop a sense of self and
of oneness. Our sense of self is not an inherited or instinctual realization. Rather it is
a co-developed understanding of ourselves and those around us. We can't solely develop an
understanding of who we truly are any easier than we could examine the features of our
face w/o the use of a mirror. Social interaction is that mirror for us. Its allows us to
see inside of ourselves based on the interactions we have with others like us, or society
as a whole. It allows us to make a sort of measuring stick to see where we stand in life.
To develop a sense of who and where we are. Social interaction is the dominant creating
feature in the way we view ourselves as humans and as members of society. Without social
interaction we would never begin to be able to live at the mental capabilities that we
have now. A good example of this I believe is to compare two dogs raised in different
habitats.

The first dog will be an example of our society, it will be raised by a loving family who
provides it with attention similar in itself to our own social interaction. The second
will be left to raise itself in a kennel or what have you. The first dog, dog A, will
learn things such as its own name. When you call to dog A using its name it will respond
to you where as the second dog, dog B, will not. Eventually you might get the second dog
to come to you or to respond, but it wouldn't care what you said, it would simply respond
to the noise it hears. Dog A however would respond to its name and its name alone. This
demonstrates how the constant interaction between two beings helps to develop one's sense
of self.


2. Education plays a major part in our socialization by providing acting as a social
institution. By this I mean it is a place from which we draw interaction that stimulates
us to further develop as social beings. Schools provide a uniform behavioral learning
pattern in relating to socialization that is not found within different families. This
helps the children achieve a social "common ground" with which to base their relationships
and interactions amongst each other. While the schools prepare us for our eventual roles
in the adult world it also teaches us a "hidden curriculum". This hidden curriculum refers
to things such as manners and social ideals. It teaches the idea that to get ahead in life
one needs to work hard. That nothing is gotten for free, and that cheaters never prosper.
These are often rules that stick by us throughout our entire life and end up governing
most of our decisions and reactions in any given situation. The schools also help develop
a place for children to assess their own self-image. It allows them to be in close contact
with others their age and developmental stage. Such interaction allows the children to be
able to compare themselves with the collective group and find out what makes them
different than the rest. This is a key step in the development of one's self image.

I believe that the teachings of the school far better assist the society than the
individual being. For it is the society who benefits from the cohesion of the collective
mind. It is the society who is based upon that cohesion, for without it the world would be
a solemn place overrun with the " everyone for themselves" attitude. Cooperation and
standard ideals are what keep our society moving and evolving in its current form. Without
those things being taught on a common level our way of life would be drastically different
and far inferior to what it is today.


3. Cultural relativity explains how one practice may seem totally foreign and unbelievable
to one group but make absolute total sense to another. It is the defining difference
between two societies. In India for example the cow is a sacred animal and is allowed to
roam free foraging on crops and other vegetation. Meanwhile the people in India are
starving to death. To most people the thought would be to slay the cattle for food and to
protect the crops to prevent starvation. But to the Indians the cow is a sacred animal who
is adorned all the rights of a god. These protection of these animals can often lead to
death to those who protect them. The elimination of these creatures would so affect the
ways of life for these people that they would probably never be able to recover.
Unfortunately with such differing positions on beliefs and practices we often run into an
issue known as ethnocentrism.

Ethnocentrism is the belief that one's ethnic beliefs and ideals are the only possible
"right" beliefs and ideals. It is a close minded existence in which cooperation across
ethnic divides is often impossible to achieve due to the inability or unwillingness to
understand the other's point of view.


4. Language is defined as a typed of shared knowledge and is further defined as a
symbol. Some other symbols include sounds, gestures, or objects. Symbols are socially
constructed. Individually constructed symbols aren't understood by everyone and therefore
fail to be able to be defined as symbols. Symbols are defined as language ( written,
spoken, or unspoken) that evoke similar meanings amongst different people. Under this
definition it is hard to imagine one coming up with a symbol that would be universally
understood. This is typically a societal creation. Since the entire society would at least
understand it. Now not all symbols are universal between different regions of the world.
For instance America's "V for victory" symbol is the the equivalent of the middle finger
in Australia. Items such as the confederate flag can even mean different things amongst
people in the same area due to personal experiences and the way they were raised. Many
people view the confederate flag as a symbol of oppression and ignorance, others view it
as a symbol of pride and heritage.


5. Biological, psychological, and even some sociological theories believe that a fatal
flaw in certain people is the reason for their deviance. These theories argue that the
individual has no choice but to be different. Biological explanations focus on
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