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Socialization of Children

Socialization of Children
The role of the parent in the socialization of children is complex and highly debatable. Often, the role of the parent is viewed from the perspective of the child. In general, there are three perspectives with regard to the socialization of children.

Some view children born with little self-control or conscious. In this view, the socializing of children them means forcing them to embrace the culture's accepted ways of behaving.
A contrasting view emphasizes the innocence of children but sees socialization as the process by which we expose the child to tough realities of human life.
A final perspective sees the newborn child as a 'blank slate,' ready to be shaped and molded through rewards and punishment.
In a two to three page paper, discuss your views about the socialization of children. Consider the perspectives described above as you respond to the following:

How would parenting styles differ under the framework of each of the perspectives described above?
Give one or two examples of how and/or what parents would expose their children to in order to socialize them according to each of the perspectives.
Which of the sociological perspectives is most closely aligned with each of the socialization perspectives described above?
Which of the above is most prevalent in our society? Explain.
Which of the above is closest to your own view? Why?

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Dear Student,
I have decided that in order for me to incorporate all the questions you've posed while relating them to the 3 views expressed, it would be best to answer it in the form of a semi-essay, a guide you could use that explores the 3 views and answers the questions in the posting. It also expands the 3 views with the use of examples and creates viewpoints from which to discuss the social perspectives presented even further. I have listed the references I used below. I have also attached the word version of this solution for you. Print it out and use as your guide. If you need to re-interpret this solution into an academic essay for submission, do not forget to cite to avoid plagiarism. Thank you for using Brainmass.

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Children and Socialization

Socialization is the process by which one acquires culture --- the ability to move, live and facilitate living in a particular society in accordance with what is the norm. The skills to cope, the manner by which to understand, to communicate are just a few of the things that socialization allows. In an essence it is the process by which one becomes an effective member of society. Sociologists, social scientists & psychologists all agree that as infants these social skills are not present, yet. Socialization of children is a learning experience that first happens within the home with the parents being the first teachers and source of the social skills that is needed. Most basic of all these is language and the skill to communicate one's thought process, eventually opinions. In babies, interaction starts when the parents talk to, care for and generally show the infant how to be. Baby talk, some psychologists argue is essential. The neural process of understanding and the emotional process of expressing are practiced by the infant to create a sense of meaning, something that both the parents and the infant begin to get acquainted in and soon move on from when the infant learns words to enable him to communicate more effectively. Language and communication though are only among the process that socialization allows. However, despite all the complex socialization process that can happen in an individual in later phases of life, the process by which socialization occurs to one in infancy is very important. Psychologists argue that these initial experiences lay down the groundwork, the foundations of acquiring, coping and adapting to the dynamic process of living in a social world.

Enforced Socialization

While it is almost accepted fact that the very first phase of socialization in an individual's life happens at home, there are various interpretations by which it happens. One view expresses that ...

Solution Summary

This solution looks at the primary perspectives used in analysing the socialization of children and provides examples that compare & contrast them. The solution seeks to show the parenting styles practiced in each of these primary perspectives and through this analysis, shine a spotlight at that perspective that is prevalent in most communities. Attached is a printable word version of the solution.