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How do socializing agents contribute to an institutionalized system of social inequality?

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Posted June 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM via web

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How do socializing agents contribute to an institutionalized system of social inequality?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM (Answer #1)

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Socializing agents contribute to such a system by helping to convince us that the unequal system is normal and proper.

Socializing agents teach us what is expected by our society.  They help us to learn what is normal in our society.  As they teach us these things, we tend to internalize and accept what they say.  When they teach us that certain inequalities are normal, we tend to accept those ideas.  For example, if our religious leaders and our parents teach us that women should be subservient to men, we accept it and inequality persists.  If our teachers and media tell us that it is normal for some people to be rich and others to be poor, we accept it and inequality persists.

In these ways, socializing agents encourage us to accept systems of social inequality, thus perpetuating and institutionalizing those inequalities.

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