Sociology Semester Project

by Lindsey Gragg


Socialization is the cultural process process of learning to participate in cultural life. Socializaion can be learned through peers, teachers, parents, or any other influence to children. It helps form an individual's personality that isn't acquired through genes. People often try to teach kids the same socialization, and if they are different than the norms of society, they are labeled mentally ill or as a deviant. Other than that, if the socialization stage for children goes well, most will grow to have the same beliefs for these people are less likely to go against the norms of society.


Society is a specific territory inhabited by people who share a common culture or a group of a people living within defined territorial borders and sharing a common culture. People in every type of society know what should be expected of them and often go through repeated social patterns. The patterns stay the same through each generations. Society is independant but works together to help the people of a society. There are four types of societies, hunting and gathering, horticultal, pastoral, and agricultural society.
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Social Inequalities

Social inequalities is the unequal opportunities and rewards for a different social positions or statuses within a group or society. Wealth can be the cause of this, as well as ethnicity and/or gender for different indivduals. An example being how women receive 70-79% of what men receive for income, while it being even less for women of color. "White privilage" is a term used to describe how white people benefit off these inequalities of race. The two types of inequalities is inequality of conditions and inequality of opportunities. The inequality of conditions refers to the wealth and how the weathier you are, the more you are apparently worth to a society. While the inequality of opportunies refers to the level of education, health, etc. Discrimination is the inequality for the races and gender.
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Culture is knowledge, values, customs, and physical objects that are shared by the members of a society. Each different culture follows a pattern that is passed down to each generation, similar to how societies work. There are material cultures and nonmaterial cultures. An example of materal cultures is the skyscrapers, computers, cell phones in the United States. A nonmaterial culture would be beliefs, rules, customs, etc. Without culture, society can't exist and with society, culture can't exist. Human behavior is also based off of culture, for people are not born with certain traits, they are learned through through common human cultural behavior.

Gender Roles

Gender roles are a set of norms that dictate the natural behavior that is considered acceptable in society for each gender. Children are programmed at a young age to follow these roles, whether purposely or not. For example, girls are given dolls and toy cooking supplies, while boys are given trucks and superheroes. Girls are also associated with the color pink, while boys associate with the color blue. Gender roles vary through every culture but most of the time they are similar.

Historial Connections

Throughout time, inequalities and gender roles were always there. Nowadays, it's not as noticable unless you look closely, which most people don't.

In the 1950s, women were often expected to settle down and have a family, despite having the same education as men. They were expected to be a housewife as well instead of going out and working, The men were the ones who brought home all the money.

While also in the 1950s, some inequalities were directed towards racial disputes, such as the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles to get segregation. These two events are connected because they both show how these things at least somewhat changed through the years, but still have problems with today.

All of these topics are connected through society. Society created socialization, as well as cultures, gender roles, and the inequalities we see today.

These topics affect my life because as a mixed race girl, I can face inequalities as well as society ridiculing me about gender roles, because I go against the stereotypical feminine traits. Socilization also has a role in my life, for it is the reason I act the way I do.