New Frontiers in Socialization

Edited by

  • Richard A. Settersten Jr., Case Western Reserve University
  • Timothy J Owens, Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, U.S.A.

The present volume (number 7) is subtitled New Frontiers in Socialization. With a combination of invited and author initiated papers - all anonymously peer reviewed - this volume seeks to produce a cohesive source of information on socialization and the life course. The volume advances theory and research related to socialization during specific periods of adult life or across adulthood. We focus on the adult years because most scholarship on socialization pertains to the first two decades of life. The book addresses socialization experiences within one or more contemporary contexts - families, neighbourhoods and communities, peer and friendship groups, educational settings, work organizations, volunteer associations, medical institutions, the media, and nation and culture. The volume also discusses the processes that occur in these settings, the primary agents of socialization, the content of socialization messages, and the consequences of these experiences for individuals and society at large.
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Book information

  • Published: June 2002
  • Imprint: JAI Press (Elsevier)
  • ISBN: 978-0-7623-0863-7

Table of Contents

Table of contents. List of contributors. Preface. Acknowledgments. The Field of Socialization in Review. New frontiers in socialization: an introduction (T.J. Owens, R.A. Settersten, Jr.). Socialization and the life course: new frontiers in theory and research (R.A. Settersten, Jr.). Self-socialization and post-traditional society (W. Heinz). Life careers and the theory of action (J. Giele). Socialization in Specific Contexts. Work Settings. Understanding adaptation to work in adulthood: a contextual developmental approach (D.M. Hyson, J.T. Mortimer). The relationship of turning points at work to perceptions of psychological growth and change (E. Wethington). In the shadows of giants: identity and institution building in the American academic profession (J.C. Hermanowicz). Family Settings. Socialization and the family revisited (N.M. Putney, V.L. Bengtson). Neighborhood Settings. Moving and still: neighborhoods, human development, and the life course (R.A. Settersten Jr., T.E. Andersson). The Work-Family Intersection.Careers and lives: socialization, structural lag, and gendered ambivalence (P. Moen, R.M. Orrange). The Neighborhood-Family Intersection. Individual risk for crime is exacerbated in poor familial and neighborhood contexts: the contribution of low birth weight, family adversity, and neighborhood disadvantage to life course-persistent offending (A.R. Piquero, Brian Lawton). Peer Groups and Friendships. The death of friends in later life, (B. deVries, C. Johnson). Educational Settings. Educational participation across the life course: do the rich get richer? (A.M. Pallas). Medical Settings. The life course as an organizing principle and a socializing resource in modern medicine (D. Rosenfeld, E.B. Gallagher). Military. Die Bildung of the warrior class: socialization and the acquisition of cultural resources (J.J. Dowd). Race, Gender, and History as Context. Racial and gender differences in the transition to adulthood: a longitudinal study of Philadelphia youth (J.A. Kmec, F.F. Furstenberg, Jr.). The imprint of time: historical experiences in the lives of mature adults (R.A. Settersten Jr., L. Martin). Culture and Nation. Social change, the life course, and socialization: biographies of labor market entrants after unification (S. Falk, A. Weymann).