Adolescent Socialization in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Adolescent Socialization in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Planning for Social Change

1st Edition - March 28, 1983

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  • Authors: Irving Tallman, Ramona Marotz-Baden, Pablo Pindas
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483261331

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Adolescent Socialization in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Planning for Social Change presents a theory of socialization and explains how the theory was formed, developed, and changed. This book describes a cross-sectional research project that uses innovative research methods for comparing people from vastly different cultures. Organized into seven chapters, this book begins with an overview of the premise that the better one learns how to solve problems in one's environment, the better one is able to cope with a rapidly changing society as one grows older. This text then proposes that the family provide an initial arena within which the needs of the individual and the rudiments of the social structure are confronted. Other chapters consider the approach to solving the methodological problems posed by attempting to test the theory by means of a cross-national study. The final chapter deals with the results of the cross-national study. This book is a valuable resource for sociologists.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    1 Socialization in a World of Change

    The Dilemma of Preparing for an Unknown Future

    From Social Dilemma to Researchable Question

    Basic Themes

    Developing a Methodology

    Basic Issues and Research Questions

    2 Socialization, Problem Solving, and Social Structure


    Problem Solving: Processes and Outcomes

    Social Structure


    3 Socialization for Social Change: A Theory of Processes and Outcomes

    The Scope of the Theory

    The Basic Model

    Parents, Their Child, and the Problem-Solving Process

    Social Structure, Family Internal Structure, and Problem Solving

    The Complete Model

    The Social Context of Socialization for Social Change


    4 Seeking the Answers


    The Research Sites

    Planning for Cross-National Research

    Instrument Development

    Research Design


    5 The Findings: Testing the Theory

    The Community and the Family

    Community Context and Parent-Child Socialization

    Community Context and Children's Performance

    Adolescent Problem Solving

    Testing Alternative Explanations


    6 Sex Differences

    Sex Differences by Society and Class

    Similarities in the Two Societies

    Sex Differences and Socialization for Problem Solving


    7 From Iron Cage to the Age of Narcissism

    Evaluating the Theory

    Revising the Theory

    Coping Strategies in Mexico and in the United States

    The Utility of SIMCAR

    Socialization and Social Change in Mexico and in the United States

    Appendix 1: Pre-Experimental Interview Schedule

    Appendix 2: Job Requirements

    Appendix 3: Family Unplanned Event Cards

    Appendix 4: Child's Unplanned Event Cards

    Appendix 5: Game Instructions and Rules: Mexican Version

    Appendix 6: Game Instructions and Rules: United States Version

    Appendix 7: Observations of Power and Support

    Appendix 8: Score Board

    Appendix 9: Post-Experimental Interview


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 348
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: March 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483261331

About the Authors

Irving Tallman

Ramona Marotz-Baden

Pablo Pindas

About the Editor

Peter H. Rossi

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