Sociologists believe that our very personalities, that which we think
are most personal to us and makes us unique, are actually the result of
an ongoing socialization process as we engage with others in our social
worlds. This explains why people only date others within their own race
or of other races. It explains why we crave certain foods and listen to
particular types of music.
Who have been your primary and secondary agents of socialization, and how do they continue to influence you?
As we can see with processes of socialization, we all belong to many
groups and organizations, whether or not we have chosen to do so. Do you
feel that groups and organizations primarily operate through exchange,
cooperation, competition, conflict, or coercion?
In what way(s) has one of these groups shaped your own personal identity?