Agents of Socialization
There are various socialization agents that shape our lives in one way or another. The agents that influence me the most are family, peers, and education. Family is where our learning and understanding of the world begins. Our parents set our behaviors and our actions from birth. Family is the most important agent of socialization. Family provides a certain need of love and nurture. Experiencing those needs allow a child to grow mentally, physically, socially and emotionally for society. A parent’s role is very important because it helps with the child’s development in society. We are taught how to use our motor skills, the use of language, how to control our emotions, our moral values and beliefs. Our gender roles as male and female are also defined from birth by our family and career choices based on society standards.
My mother was a stay at home mom who raised four children. My father worked as a truck driver and I remember him leaving early in the morning and arriving home late in the evening. The one thing he made sure of was to find out how our day was at school and other things we may have wanted to discuss. My parents made sure we sat down for dinner as a family every night. Often times my dad would come home and bring my mother gifts to show his appreciation for all that she did for the family. He never took her for granted and I knew when I grew older I wanted to share the same. Marriage was a topic my other spoke of often with my other sisters and I. She taught us that society would try to define who we should marry and what would be acceptable. Mother let us know we have choices in the partners we chose. Again, growing up and viewing my parents bond I knew exactly what I wanted when the time came.
Peers influence gender roles, social identity, and this influence usually happens early on in life. When other children are involved the peers within the circle begin to influence the choices we make. Social interaction with...