The Importance of the Socialization Process in Shaping Human Behaviour Antonio Commisso
The process of socialization can be defined as lifelong learning through the conformity of social contact in society, which helps us to develop as individuals by showing us what is normal, developing our morals, shaping behaviour, and revealing to us the social skills necessary to assume our role or social position in society. Human behaviour is the development of all of the aforementioned qualities that socialization provides for us through conformity. If a person is isolated from society for their whole life and does not come into contact with anything human then that subject will develop attributes and behaviours not found within a “normal” person. This is because they would have never gotten the chance to observe, register and conform to the actions of the people who would have been around them if they had a normal upbringing. This is proven in the life of the feral child Victor of Aveyron, who had spent the majority of his young life in the woods of a village in 1800’s France. His way of communication and physical tendencies are proof enough that socialization, through the act of social contact, plays an important role in the development of human behaviour. The Nature vs. Nurture was a debate coined in the mid 1800`s to come to a conclusion on whether the social environment around you (Nurture) or your genetic makeup (Nature) have a greater impact on human behaviour and its development. The nurture side of the debate is the sociological side which states that the influences of the environment around an individual determine the future social role and behaviour of said individual. It may be true that nurture is more of a factor than nature when determining human behaviour. In Margaret Mead`s mid 1900`s study of Nature vs. Nurture she studied the gender roles, something people thought was defined by nature, of the Tchambuli culture in Papua New Guinea which were reversed...
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