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Agents of Socialization

An agent of socialization is an individual or institution tasked with the replication of the Social Order. An agent of socialization is responsible for transferring the rules, expectations, norms, values, and folkways of a given social order. In advanced capitalist society, the principle agents of socialization include the family, the media, the school system (K12 and post secondary), religious and spiritual institutions, and peer groups.

It is important to note that our current social order is a tiered social order. It is based on authority, hierarchy, and the differential assignment of value to human individuals (i.e., some individuals like CEOs and presidents are worth more than others). Within this context, individuals receive differential socialization. Those born into the lower tiers receive a socialization process geared to fitting them into the low level, wage based sectors of The System. Those born into the higher tiers receive specialized education designed to train them as low level managers, as corporate, or political rulers, etc.

See Also

Hidden Curriculum


Cite as:
Sharp, Michael (2011). Agents of Socialization. The SpiritWiki: http://www.thespiritwiki.com/index.php/Agents_of_Socialization [Accessed: December 20, 2014]