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socialization

[soh-shuh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsoʊ ʃə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
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
1885-1890
1885-90; socialize + -ation
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  • Lifelong socialization and firm but gentle handling are critical.
  • Gaining an understanding of group dynamics and how to fit in is part of socialization.
British Dictionary definitions for socialization

socialization

/ˌsəʊʃəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
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
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Contemporary definitions for socialization
noun

See enculturation

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Word Origin and History for socialization
n.

1841, in reference to personal associations; 1884 in reference to socialism; noun of action from socialize.

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socialization in Medicine

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 in Culture

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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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