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Socialization and Adolescent Personality


by Allison Davis 1944

Socialization is the life-long process through which the human organism learns a culture, or possibly several cultures. One of the subtypes of socialization is acculturation, which is the learning of a culture different from that of one's birth group. Socialization is not simply the process of learning the specific skills of tool-using, language, and social organization, but implies as well the learning of these cultural behaviors as they are defined by a particular society. During this process of learning cultural behavior, which extends from infancy to death, the human organism likewise must learn to adjust emotionally to the impact of these social controls as presented to him by his parents, older siblings, teachers, employers, and other cultural surrogates.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 43, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 45 Number 9, 1944, p. 198-216
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20549, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:28:23 PM

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