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Begin Chapter 5- Socialization and Personal Development

1.  Discuss the importance of the study of feral children and others who were isolated and its affects) on personal development and socialization.

2.  Define and discuss socialization according to Professor Penton.

3.  Define Personality according to class discussion.

4.  What is the systematic study of the biological bases of social behavior?

5.  Discuss the nature vs. nurture debate.   Who were the major proponents of each theory.  What is the current thought on this subject?

6.  Understand and discuss Sigmund Freud's take on socialization. According to class discussion distinguish between the two basic drives Eros and Thanatos, and how it can be applied to our everyday lives.

7.  Discuss and give examples of the stages of Sigmund Freud's theory of personality.

8.  According to class discussion discuss Jean Piaget's theory of Cognitive Development.  Be able to identify the major components of each stage in the cognitive development process according to Piaget.

9.  According Piaget's theory of development, in which stage are adolescents capable of sophisticated abstract thought? What are some of the major critical evaluations?

10.  Discuss the stages of Charles Horton Cooley's theory on the Looking Glass Self. 

11.  According to class discussion how does George Herbert Mead describe the Self?

12. Which term was used by George Herbert Mead to refer to those individuals who are most important in the development of the self?

13.  Discuss each stage (according to class discussion) in Mead's theory of the development of self.

14.  Discuss each agent of the socialization process according to class discussion.  Which is the most important?  Which is the most influential? etc.

15.  According to Mead in which stage can we take on more than one role simultaneously?

16.  Discuss his concept of the generalized other according to class discussion.  Discuss why this is not the final stage in the socialization process.

17.  In terms of the agents of the socialization process which ones are intentional and unintentional? Explain. Which ones are voluntary participation?

18.  Discuss the argument that television, rap music, videos etc., are to blame for the violence in America as discussed in class.

19.  Discuss Ervin Goffman's concept of Resocialization and total Total Institutions.

Critical Thinking Questions - may still be on the exam?????

20.  Discuss what structural functionalists and social conflict theorists have to say about schooling as an agent in the socialization process.

21.  According to our text, when does the lifelong process of learning begin?

22.  How are children socialized into traditional gender roles?

23.  A child is tempted to steal candy from a grocery store counter, but realizes that this action is viewed as "wrong" by adult society, including parents, teachers, and religious leaders. In George Herbert Mead's terms, the child has become aware of the attitudes, viewpoints, and expectations of:

24.  According to Mead, a parent, a respected teacher, and a sport's coach are all examples of:

25.  During basic training in the military, a recruit is expected to learn how to be a combat soldier, which demands skills, values, and norms that are very different from those that are part of his/her prior nonmilitary lifestyle. The behavioral change that is demanded in basic training is an example of:

26.  What are the requirements or characteristics of Resocialization?

27.  Which sociological perspective believes that social reality is defined by people's behavior rather than by their genetic structure?

28.  Charles Horton Cooley, George Herbert Mead, Erving Goffman, and others who conduct micro level research into the development of the self would represent which sociological perspective?

29.  According to the text what would Conflict theorists argue in terms of the education of black children?

30.  Family members have traditionally served as the primary caregivers in our culture, but in the twentieth century this activity has often been transferred to agencies such as hospitals and mental health clinics. Which sociological perspective would focus on how these societal needs are met?

31.  Which sociological perspective would be most likely to emphasize that lack of adequate child care limits women's job opportunities, forcing many to remain home with their children or accept low-paying, part-time jobs?


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