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Importance of Socialization in History

1. What do the case histories of Isabelle and Genie tell us about the importance of socialization? What do the twin studies tell us about the nature versus nurture argument?

2. How do the studies of animals raised in isolation support the importance of socialization on development?

3. How did Charles Horton Cooley approach the socialization process? Please give examples.

4. How did George Herbert Mead approach the socialization process? Identify and explain George Herbert Mead's three distinct stages in childhood socialization.

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1. "Isabelle's mother was a deaf-mute, and she feared her daughter would suffer from social disapproval. Isabelle's mother stayed with Isabelle in a dark room with no other human contact. The girl was found at the age of six. Isabelle was physically ill from the lack of an inadequate diet and sunshine. She was unable to talk, except for a croaking noise. Isabelle communicated with her mother through gestures. Once she was found, professionals did everything they could to re-integrate her into society. By the age of fourteen Isabelle was successfully participating in school activities that the other children her age could do as well." (

"Cherry (n.d.) wrote an article about Genie, who was a young girl kept isolated in a room with little-to-no contact with people. She was not found until the age of thirteen, and she had been strapped to a potty chair for most of her life. Since she was strapped to a potty chair, she was very bow legged. Most of the time when she did have human contact, it was with her father ...

Solution Summary

This solution will outline what happens when one is deprived of socialization, as well as the theories of Mead and Cooley.