Week 2 - Games Children Play: An Exercise Illustrating Agents

Question # 00843551 Posted By: wildcraft Updated on: 07/16/2023 08:08 PM Due on: 07/17/2023
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• Textbook: Chapter 2, 3, 4 • Lesson • Link (library article): Games Children Play: An Exercise Illustrating Agents of

Socialization Links to an external site. • Instructor supplied resources • Student chosen resources (optional)

Initial Post Instructions

In the article noted in this activity, the authors point out that most introductory sociology textbooks identify the main socialization agents as family, peers, schools, media, work, and religion. "...[W]hat is far less often acknowledged is the contribution that children's toys and games play in representing and reinforcing dominant conceptions of 'appropriate' social identities found in social discourse and in institutional arrangements" (para. 1). Toys and games can allow us to experience the subtleties of race, class, gender, and political socialization that are embedded in play. Sometimes players may challenge and subvert these images and messages at the delight or disgust of other players.

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

• Option 1: What toys did you have as a child that you think of as agents of socialization and how did you use the toys to understand relationships, or prepare for new ones?

• Option 2: Go to a public space like a library, mall or park and observe family interactions for an hour or so, taking notes of the interactions you observe. Based on your observations, how might the parent-child interactions be supporting the process of primary and secondary socialization? Discuss any visual evidence of role strain or role conflict that you noticed.

Follow-Up Post Instructions

? Respond to at least one peer. If possible, respond to one peer who chose an option different than the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Make sure that you add additional information and not repeat the same information already posted on the discussion board as you further the dialogue.

Writing Requirements

• Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up) • APA format for in-text citations and list of references • Minimum of 1 source cited •





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