Friday, September 9, 2011

Assignments in Socialization

This semester, I am teaching a section of Introduction to Sociology at a local community college. The students assignment is to show a video, or TV show, or commercial that is targeted at a group that they belong to, gender, age, race, whatever and tell what it is "says," what group it leaves out, and how they feel about it. In our current lecture, we are learning about socialization, the process by which we each learn how to fit into our society, and the students who presented today were supposed to bring ads on that topic.

One of the students brought in this video, , he said to illustrate how *not* to socialize a child and the ad was about how to prevent such socialization from happening. When I got done laughing, I had to point out that there *are* other socialization techniques!