Retrospective Paper

Topics: Sociology, Education, Social class Pages: 2 (724 words) Published: November 30, 2011
Socialization is a learning process that begins after birth. People act in accordance to the feedback and reactions they get from others. We learn who we are by family, friends, and the people around us. Socialization is an important process of our personality, language and behavior. It is not always a conscious or an intentional transference, and people are not always aware that they might be influencing someone in a social situation. The very structure of authority and the responsibility of families, schools, and media may determine which values, attitudes, and beliefs people adopt. The most important agent of socialization is family, which helps mold an individual. The family values, beliefs, and religious inclinations shape people's outlook towards society. My family is the most important part of who I am. They have always been there for emotional support, and are where I acquired my specific social position in society. If your family is wealthy, then you would have a different social status than if they are middle or lower class. I am from a middle class family consisting of a mother, father, siblings and a large extended family. Because I come from a family with a higher education, they have always encouraged me to strive for a higher education as well. I am attending college mainly because it is truly what I want to do, but I also believe that a small part of me is here to live up to their expectations and make them proud. I believe that my siblings and I have had a “normal” upbringing for our social status, as my parents have taught us values, ethics, and the importance of a good education. After family, school and peers have probably been the most important influence on my socialization. School helps pass on knowledge, create awareness, and inculcate the feelings of tolerance in many people. In school, I learned to make out right from wrong in society and I met other children that were very different from me. School taught me to be a...
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