What Are The Two Most Important Early Influences On Many People's Political Socialization

What two agents of socialization have influenced you the most?

What two agents of socialization have influenced you the most?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Without a doubt, the most important agent of socialization for me was my familly.  My parents transmitted their values to me over the course of my childhood.  Of course, I have not completely accepted all of these values, but they have all had an impact on my and my own values either are the same as theirs or are reactions to theirs.   For example, I have accepted my parents' values of frugality and personal abstemiousness wholeheartedly.  On the other hand, my attitudes towards the relationships between husband and wife and between father and children are somewhat formed through rebellion against what I perceived as my parents' values in those regards.

The second main agent of my socialization has probably been education.  I have been exposed to many new values (particularly political and religious) during my time in school.  As with my parents' values, not all of these have "taken" either.  But many of my political values, for example, have either come from things I have learned or have been formed as reactions to the political values of people I have come in contact with.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I may not have answered this question in the same manner 15 years ago, but my parents provided a greater influence on my life than anything else. I didn't always get along with my father, but I can see (now that he's been dead for 14 years) that his ways and ideas were mostly on target. I was lucky enough to have a nurturing mother and, later, a wonderful stepmother who was always there when I needed her. They are all dead now, and I miss them--and their guidance--more each day.

My second greatest influence would have to be a tie between my extensive travels and the thousands of students I have taught over the years. Nothing can be better to understand the people of different cultures than by travelling and experiencing a bit of international flavor. Americans should take the time to visit other countries so they can see for themselves that "the American way" is not always best. As for my students, there have been good and bad; I have had many great experiences while teaching and still call many of my students my friends.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Again, family has to be the number one socializing influence in my background. The love and support I received from my parents gave me the foundation from which I could venture out into the world with confidence and curiosity and an openness to learn and experience and grow.

Because school has already been mentioned several times, I'll suggest my participation in youth organization activities as another major influence. Through group meetings, summer camps, and various stages of progression, I learned how to be a leader and a group member following another's leadership. I had opportunities to try new activities and to develop my personal awareness of the things that truly spoke to my character - the activities I still follow in my hobby time today.

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, this will be an interesting counterpoint. Being first generation American, I didn't receive the socialization of American society from my parents, as neither of them had the American lifestyle completely understood themselves. Though they bought a television, they tired of it quickly and removed the picture tube (a big glass tube similar to a light bulb that lit the picture screen up). As a result, I grew up without an (I now know) important socialization tool that tied individual socialization into societal socialization. [Do I own a TV now? Nope. Am I caught up with my societal socialization yet? Not that I know of, nope.] My immigrant parents, our ethnic neighborhood, and the lack of a television were my major socializing agents.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a child, my school and its affiliated church made profound impressions upon me; the education I received from these two institutions served me well in life. But moving to another geographical part of the United States as an adult taught me much and affected me more in my perspectives than any other area of socialization.  From the disassociation of the conventional wisdom of my former area where people are too idealistic, I learned to reason through beliefs, discarding what I could not defend and opening my mind and heart to new ideas that are reasonable and defensible as well as becoming reassured that those beliefs which were against the grain somewhere else were now acceptable and lauded somewhere else.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Family is probably the most important influence on the socialization of most people. One's earliest years are usually spent with one's parent(s) and sibling(s), and research shows that the early years -- especially the first four -- have an astonishingly important influence on the rest of one's life.  (For more on this, see David Brooks' recent book The Social Animal).

Formal schooling is another important influence on the development of most people, which is one reason why it is so important that students have opportunities to attend schools that are truly effective in helping them to develop not only intellectually but in terms of character in the broadest sense.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the vast majority of people will answer by refering to their family. Let us remember that when we think of socialisation, primary socialisation is the most significant and is the kind of socialisation that occurs whilst we are young and our main point of contact is our parents. This means that whether we like it or not, for better or for worse, our family has the biggest impact on us.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I have been influenced by my close-knit family, as most people have been. I have also been greatly influenced by books. As a child, I got many of my ideas of how the world works from books. I used to escape into them, and to a certain extent I still do.
kinghtalexis | Student

Family, Friends, Relatives and my Seniors, Teachers and Professors. All of them have largely impacted me and have put a mark in socializing.

mattcol1 | Student

My family influenced me the most, they are the ones who brought me up with good values that leads me to communicate well to my 2nd choice which is the church.  The Church lead me through the right choices of life.  The choice make me realize the value of my family, friends, other people, life and self.


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jaysantos999 | Student

First is my family, then of course school, my friend (new and old). Because of my dad's work we transfer to a new home every year. So I guess, that affected me also, but it is fine with me.

lancemarquez | Student

Well, for me what influenced me the most is my family because it is where I grown. My values and personality was molded by my parents. The love of nature and sports, I got it all from them. I am now one of the football players in our school varsity. But I must admit that when I started school, I was also influenced by the new people around me like my teachers and classmates but I still believe that if a person has been raced by their parents well, even if they are with the wrong people they will not be influenced by them.

gopikrishna | Student

Process by which individuals acquire the knowledge, language, social skills, and value to conform to the norms and roles required for integration into a group or community.

The socialization phenomenon is the process of learning of different peoples and individuals regardless of their age. Each person has to be acquainted with the rules of the social group he/she belongs to. Social group may be a family, teenager crowd, army or country. Socialization is the process when the person lives in strict accordance with the way of life that society leads. The influence of socialization becomes obvious in everything.

The first and the most important part of the socialization process is the family. It exerts a great influence upon us and affects every individual because family members are the closest persons and we spent with them a considerable part of our life.

We grow up and exceed the bounds of our family circle. Here we have to say that peers might have one of the most important influences on our life next to our family. People get used to trust the peers and spend most of their time with them that leads to some kind of isolation from other social groups.

The other part of social development is school. The school years play an exceptionally important role in the socialization process of young generation.