A Sociological Perspective on Childhood Socialization

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(12), 1004–1005. Reviews the book, Childhood Socialization: Studies in the Development of Language, Social Behavior, and Identity by Norman K. Denzin (1977). In this collection of essays, Denzin attempts to establish a framework for the study of childhood socialization, offering contributions in the areas of theoretical perspective, methodological approach, and empirical findings. This book will not be easy reading for those unfamiliar with the symbolic interactionist perspective. In addition, the book has a number of flaws. The discussions tend to be fragmented. The arguments are often difficult to follow, incomplete, and sometimes simply unconvincing. The book occasionally misrepresents current theories of child development. Nevertheless, this book contains a number of interesting ideas and suggests fresh areas of inquiry regarding the socialization process. Although faulty in some respects, it makes a useful contribution to the field of childhood socialization. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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