Childhood Socialization / Edition 2

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Overview

This collection of authoritative studies portrays how the A basic agencies of socialization transform the newborn human organism into a social person capable of interacting with others. Socialization differs from one society to another and within any society from one segment to another. Childhood Socialization samples some of that variation, giving the reader a glimpse of socialization in contexts other than those with which he or she is likely to be familiar.

In the years since publication of the first edition of this book in 1988, childhood has become a territory open to broader sociological investigation. In this revised edition, Gerald Handel has selected and gathered new contributions that analyze the agents of socialization, including family, school, and peer group,, and explore the influences of television and gender. The balance of classical studies and more recent work reflecting changes in the family structure renews the centrality of this anthology for courses in the social psychology of children up to adolescence.

The book is divided into nine parts: "Socialization, Indi-viduation, and the Self; "Historical Changes in Attitudes Toward Children"; "Families as Socialization Agents"; "Daycare and Nursery School as Socialization Agents"; "Schools as Socialization Agents"; "Peer Groups as Socialization Agents"; "Television and its Influence"; "Gender Socialization"; and "Social Stratification and Inequality in Socialization." While socialization continues on into the adolescent and adult years, childhood socialization is primary, essential in creating the human person and in shaping the identity, outlook, skills, and resources of the evolving person. Childhood Socialization is a dynamic volume that will be of continuing interest to students and scholars of family studies, sociology, psychology, and modern culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202306421
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,212,297
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Handel is professor emeritus of sociology at the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Making a Life in Yorkville: Experience and Meaning in the Life-Course Narrative of an Urban Working-Class Man.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Socialization and individuation 3
Ch. 2 Socialization and the social self 11
Ch. 3 Little angels, little devils ; a sociology of children 25
Ch. 4 The mutuality of parental control in early childhood 45
Ch. 5 As the twig is bent : children reared in feminist households 65
Ch. 6 Racial socialization 89
Ch. 7 Power and resistance in infant-toddler day care centers 115
Ch. 8 Cooperation and control in Japanese nursery schools 137
Ch. 9 Schools and socialization 157
Ch. 10 Children's conception and reaction to adult rules : the underlife of the nursery school 179
Ch. 11 The carpool : a socializing adjunct to the educational experience 195
Ch. 12 Friends, impression management, and preadolescent behavior 213
Ch. 13 Theoretical perspectives 239
Ch. 14 Children's desires/mothers' dilemmas : the social contexts of consumption 261
Ch. 15 Engendering children 279
Ch. 16 Male gender socialization and the perpetration of sexual abuse 311
Ch. 17 Concerted cultivation and the accomplishment of natural growth 335
Ch. 18 Clashes in values 345
Ch. 19 Social class and the hidden curriculum of work 369
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