Agents of Socialization

Listen to the audio file in this link about eye contact in Japan from the perspective of an American.

Then write a 250 word essay that answers the following.

Agents of socialization teach us how to behave in different situations in our everyday life. However, these processes of socialization and their content can vary drastically from one culture to another. What does this story on eye contact in Japan tell you about differences between American and Japanese cultures in general and their respective agents of socialization in particular? How and when do you think a Japanese child learn the norms of eye contact in society? Is this different from an American child? What happens if you travel to a different culture as an adult? Do you learn the norms and values through different agents of socialization than you would have as a child? Explain.


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