Social Structures and Class in Britain
Peter lives in a traditional environment. He believes in the old
values of no cohabitation, divorce and believes that families should
stay together regardless.
John lives in a modern environment and believes in progressive
attitudes such as the option of divorce and cohabitation.
Socialisation is learned behaviour. We learn our social status and
structure through childhood into adulthood from our surrounding
environment and input. From this we are presented with opinions to
interpret, allowing us to form our own opinions which help us to mould
our personalities. As we grow we learn to value beliefs individual to
ourselves. From this we acquire an understanding between right and
wrong. All this will lead to the structure of our own surrounding, who
is in it and the group in which we feel appropriately suited and safe.
John and Peter are close friends but their views clash.
Peters strong believes sway him strongly to be in primary
socialisation. Primary socialisation places the family as the first
and most important factor. Peter would have learnt this outlook from a
child growing up in a secure stick together family environment, where
believes are focused on maintaining the families wellbeing and
security. It is possible judging by Peters views concerning families
should stay together regardless, that he has grown within a strong
religious community. Peter's evident disapproval of divorce also
indicates that peter has grown up surrounded by religion, possibly the
Catholic Church. Religion is a powerful and highly influential
institution of social control; it portrays strong and unconditional
structures. People in society all find a group within they establish
themselves and feel secure within, I strongly suspect that Peter and
his family through influence are recognised and feel social control
within the group of the church.
Johns strong believes sway him strongly to be in secondary
socialisation. Secondary socialisation places schools, the workplace
and community as the first and most important factor. John would have
observed this outlook growing up in a more open-minded modern
environment. His beliefs will spread into further areas outside of the
home and unlike Peter's social status being most importantly the
family John will feel within the group of the work place swaying him
more to the community and open status. John I suspect has grown in an
environment where family members are expected to be close and caring,
but to recognise their responsibilities to each other as fathers and
husbands, wives and mothers, parents and children plus also recognise
between themselves they all share the tasks between them suitably of
earning wages and making domestic arrangements necessary for its
members to be fed, clothed, cleaned and...