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Whittington-Walsh, Fiona. (2016). Socialization Part One. Introduction to Society: Processes and Structure. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Department of Sociology. Tuesday September 13, 2016. Langley Campus.
Whittington-Walsh, Fiona. (2016). Socialization Part Two. Introduction to Society: Processes and Structure. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Department of Sociology. Tuesday September 20, 2016. Langley Campus.
Welcome to Maycomb County!
Maycomb is a small town in Alabama, where the depression has hit significantly hard. It houses a very diverse set of residents, all of whom play a role in the socialization of each younger generation born here.
Meet Scout Finch! She is a resident of Maycomb County and happens to be the main character of To Kill a Mockingbird. She is growing up in an interesting era and is learning about life and her role in Maycomb through her primary and secondary socialization.
Primary socialization happens within the home, and is how a child initially learns how to interact with other people. Above are Atticus Finch (Scout's father) and Calpurnia (the housemaid). Both provide Scout her primary socialization.
Next we have Jem (Scout's brother) and Dill (Scout's friend). Both boys she spends a lot of time with, as she has entered the "game stage" of developing a self; where she plays games with rules. Jem is part of her primary socialization, while Dill is actually secondary.
Secondary socialization happens outside of the home. It involves experiences at school, work, or any place outside of the home and teaches us our role in society. Above is Caroline Fisher (Scout's teacher), who would provide secondary socialization.
Lastly, one very important character whom Scout interacts with is Boo Radley. In his own way he begins to socialize with Scout and play a part in her secondary socialization by leaving little treasures for her in the tree, and peeking out the window at her.
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