socialization

[soh-shuh-luh-zey-shuhn]
noun
1.
a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position.
2.
the act or process of making socialistic: the socialization of industry.

Origin:
1885–90; socialize + -ation

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socialization or socialisation (ˌsəʊʃəlaɪˈzeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  psychol the modification from infancy of an individual's behaviour to conform with the demands of social life
2.  the act of socializing or the state of being socialized
 
socialisation or socialisation
 
n

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Main Entry:  socialization
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See enculturation
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socialization so·cial·i·za·tion (sō'shə-lĭ-zā'shən)
n.
The process of learning interpersonal and interactional skills that are in conformity with the values of one's society.


so'cial·ize' (-shə-līz') v.
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socialization definition


Learning the customs, attitudes, and values of a social group, community, or culture. Socialization is essential for the development of individuals who can participate and function within their societies, as well as for ensuring that a society's cultural features will be carried on through new generations. Socialization is most strongly enforced by family, school, and peer groups and continues throughout an individual's lifetime. (See also acculturation.)

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socialization

the process whereby an individual learns to adjust to a group (or society) and behave in a manner approved by the group (or society). According to most social scientists, socialization essentially represents the whole process of learning throughout the life course and is a central influence on the behaviour, beliefs, and actions of adults as well as of children.

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