1-19-11 and 1-20-11

Posted: January 18, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Agents of socialization form us into what we are both in our eyes and others.  Your task today is broken into two parts both of which involved looking at how socialization has/can formed an individual.


1.  What has socialized you into the person you have become?

2.  Do others see you how you see yourself?

Agents of Socialization Categories:

  • Family
  • Mass media / News media
  • Peer Groups
  • School
  • Community and Culture
  • Religion
  • Education
  • Workplace
  • Economic systems
  • Political parties/government
  • Art
  • Language
  • Age
  • Parenthood
  • Gender

Your task:

1. Using a minimum of 10 of the above 15 agents of socialization create museum “exhibits” on yourself and how you have been socialized.  Be sure to create this using a program you can print your exhibits from.

Suggested exhibit builders:  PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, ToodDoo.com, or Glogster.com.

Each “exhibit” must include the following:

  • Visual(s) which illustrates how each category has socialized you. (10pts)
  • Minimum of 4 W’s (Who, What, When, Where) in a paragraph explaining how this helped to shape you. (10pts)
  • A “trivia” section which lets museum viewers interact and guess some unknown facts about you which correspond to each item and how you have been socialized. (10pts)
  • A final section on how others perceive you.  Ask 3 friends or family members to give a short phrase explaining how each of the 10 sections you choose from above have been shaped you.  Compare to your answers to theirs in a chart analyzing if others view you through the same lens you do. (10pts)

*Extra credit will be given to students who utilize all 15 agents of socialization.

Some sites which may help you organize your thoughts

Agents of Socialization


What is the socialization process?

Introductory Sociology – Agents of Socialization


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