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K-State SOCIO 211 - Social Roles

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Socio 211 1st Edition Lecture 3 Current LectureI. Social Rolesa. Set of socially defined expectations of behavior associated with a given status or social positionb. The concept of fixed roles allows us to speak in brown terms about figures: for example, mother, teacher, doctorc. In reality, roles are not fixed, but rather are continually constructed by individualswith agencyd. Our socialization into roles in ongoingII. Identity a. Social Identityi. Characteristics that other people attribute to an individual0-makers that indicate who that individual isb. Self-Identityi. The process of self-development through which we formulate a unique sense of ourselves and our relationship to the worldIII. Socialization and Identitya. All people have multiple social identities in large part because we all must interpret how different people view usi. The looking-glass selfb. Our self-identity is the one that we take on as being “true” or “real”; it is how we see ourselvesc. Interaction between society and the individual shapes the self-identityIV. Traditional VS Modern Identitiesa. Identities have changed over time for at least four reasonsi. Identity is no longer as deeply rooted in familyii. There is a much higher degree of geographic mobilityiii. Religion is now more flexible, more changeable iv. The social world determines less of who we areb. Self-identity counts for more today than in earlier periodsV. Socialization Throughout Lifea. Childhoodb. Teenage yearsc. Young adulthoodd. Mature adulthood e. Old ageThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.VI. Aginga. Social gerontology i. Sociological study of aging and the elderlyb. Elderly have become fastest-growing segment of the populationc. As life course approaches suggest, aging is not simply a biological process but one that is affected by social structures and individual agencyVII. Aging in the U.S.a. Aspects of aging that have come into focus in recent years:i. Elderly immigrantsii. Health problemsiii. Elder abuseiv.


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