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Modernization and Culture: A Discussion

I need some assistance in answering the following in a short answer response:

The family as a whole is under great pressure in today's culture. Lives are more hectic, the media presents a life style that is often not embraced by the Christian community, and many families do not have the luxury to live near their extended family. In what ways can the family set limits and communicate healthy life style choices to their children? What responsibility does the church community have to provide support and structure in our current culture? As we have researched, this term culture is learned both through the family and the "agents of socialization" all around us. Do you see the family losing or winning the battle as the "strongest influence" in their children's lives? In what ways can the community be a successful part of the socialization process of today's children?

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Dear Student,
Your solution consists of two parts. Part one is an explanation of particular issues on family, socialization & the role of traditional institutions as well as the threat to it by modernization. I believe that this is important as it will give you the background necessary to arrive to a conclusion that will directly answer the question you posted. Part 2 is the 'Answer'. I purposely extended it a little to give you room to decide which part of it to include and not in the academic question you will have to answer based on it, giving you more ideas. It is easy enough anyway. Just choose which views which you subscribe to best. Attached is the word version of this solution, print it and use it as your guide. The Reference section show the references I used for this solution, visit the indicated site to get more information. The books are easily available in any college/academic library. Good Luck!

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Part I: Guide

An quick analysis of the Question

There are various ways to approach this question. While it may seem a little too complicated due to the number of specific inquiries in is loaded with, at the heart of it is asking for you to spot the current trends that might make the family ineffective as the most central of all socialization agencies within society and the traditional structures that reinforces that central function, i.e. the church, schools & education systems, etc. The trends it wants you to mention are caught within the dynamism of modernization & increasingly globalized world where 'expert systems' become central in running the state of affairs giving it an overwhelming amount of power & control (i.e. the central government, the justice system, the welfare system---especially when it comes to issues of broken families & neglected offsprings).

Culture happens upon an individual at home; at least that's the general idea. Socialization begins at the hands of one's parents or those that one grew up with learning from them how to cope with the challenges of a dynamic social world; by observation & emulation we looked up to our parents how to deal with the most basic of challenges by learning how they do it through language spoken or by symbolism. Sometimes the most basic part of 'ourselves' when we get to a certain adult phase in our lives we will always trace back to our childhood. Our fears, the things we hate & love, the things we hold dear. For example, having grown up in a Catholic Household I find myself subscribing to the moral ethics of the ...

Solution Summary

The solution is an essay in two parts. Part one is an explanation of particular issues on family, socialization & the role of traditional institutions as well as the threat to it by modernization. It provides the necessary background in understanding social change and modernization and how it affects the retention of old cultural practices and the creation of new ones within a small family unit and withinn a wider social group. Part two connects these sociological concepts to the heart of the question required by the post. There are various viewpoints on the role of families and other primary & secondary groups on the socialization of today's children; they are discussed in this solution to assist students in understanding this viewpoints as they differ in every culture/social group dependent on the social situation at any given time period.

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