3.2 Understanding the Meaning of Socialisation

In Unit Two, you have been introduced to the concept of culture and its various characteristics. Consequently, you were able to see that people's life vary in different contexts and settings. The network of relationships that bind members of society together usually entails that the individuals need to acquire certain social skills. This is because at the time of his/her birth an individual is not predisposed with certain of those skills (apart from physical ones) that allow a proper social life and communication with others. Indeed, they cannot talk, walk or have opinions of religions, organisation, politics or sports. Thus, it is of prime importance that at the moment of his/her birth, a child is prepared and moulded with beliefs, personality and behaviour by various social agents (family, peer groups, etc,) through a process, which is called socialisation.