Think about agents of socialization. Pick two agents that might potentially contradict each other, and explain how they work. In explaining the mechanisms of socialization, focus on your personal experiences. For example, can you think of situations where family and school, religion and family, or workplace and neighborhood might be affecting an individual in different and contradictory ways?  

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Two agents of socialization that frequently contradict each other are family and school.

Within a family, a child is more likely to encounter a narrower range of racial, ethnic, or national identities than at school. The student’s classroom and the school overall will probably be more diverse than the home environment. Another aspect of difference between family and school is language. In their own family, if the student or their family has cultural and linguistic heritage from another country,...

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