The Child and Society: An Introduction to the Social Psychology of the Child

The Child and Society: An Introduction to the Social Psychology of the Child

The Child and Society: An Introduction to the Social Psychology of the Child

The Child and Society: An Introduction to the Social Psychology of the Child

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Although psychologists and sociologists have made many contributions to the field of social psychology, they have been primarily concerned with the adult as a social being, and there is need of a text treating the social experiences of the child. We cannot fully understand the individual in relation to the group unless we know in outline the history of his socialization.

For social psychology, childhood must be regarded as a long period of training in socialization. Just as the child has to learn to express himself by means of language, so he has to learn also how to behave in various social situations. And even as the language which he learns is like that of the society in which he lives, so his behavior is shaped by the mores of his particular social group. From the viewpoint of survival and social adaptation, however, his conduct is far more important than his speech.

A social psychology of the child must take into account the ways in which the socializing process is carried on and the points at which it most fre-

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