The Autonomous Child

Theorizing Socialization

  • Ivar Frønes

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ivar Frønes
    Pages 1-8
  3. Socialization in the Social Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Ivar Frønes
      Pages 67-77
    3. Ivar Frønes
      Pages 89-97
  4. The Knowledge Societies and the Structuring of Socialization and the Life Course

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Ivar Frønes
      Pages 101-108

About this book


The social sciences offer a variety of theories on how children develop, and various theories and disciplines apply their own vocabularies and conceptualise different aspects of the processes of socialization. This book looks at the theorizing of socialization in sociology, anthropology, psychology, in the life course approach, and as the interplay of genetics and environmental factors. It analyses the dominant perspectives and viewpoints within each discipline and field, and shows how the various theories and disciplines apply their own vocabularies and conceptualise different aspects of the processes of socialization. It argues that socialization does not represent a fixed trajectory into a static social order, and that different disciplines meet the challenges of complex developmental processes and changing environments in different ways. Socialization is a fundamental concept in sociology, but sociology has only to a limited degree sought to produce a coherent understanding of the processes of socialization, which has to encompass the interplay of societal, psychological and genetic factors. This book draws the threads together and, by doing so, offers a general framework for our understanding of the socialization process. At the centre of this process is the child as a subject, in an interplay with the patterns and significant others of the micro environment as well as with the macro-conditions of the modern knowledge based economies.


SOCIALIZATION IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES Socialization and life course analyses Socialization as biological-social interaction Socialization in anthropological perspectives Socialization in psychological perspectives THE STRUCTURING OF SOCIALIZATION The knowledge society and life phase dynamics Understanding socialization Understanding socialization; some concluding reflections

Authors and affiliations

  • Ivar Frønes
    • 1
  1. 1.Depart of sociology and human geographyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25098-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25100-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-7644
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-7652
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