Broad and narrow socialization: The family in the context of a cultural theory.

  title={Broad and narrow socialization: The family in the context of a cultural theory.},
  author={Jeffrey Jensen Arnett},
  journal={Journal of Marriage and Family},
  • J. Arnett
  • Published 1 August 1995
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Marriage and Family
The theory of broad and narrow socialization is described, with a particular emphasis on placing family socialization in its cultural context. In cultures characterized by broad socialization, socialization is intended to promote independence, individualism, and self-expression. In contrast, cultures with narrow socialization hold obedience and conformity as their highest values. Seven sources of socialization are described, including family, peers, school/work, community, the media, the legal… 
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