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Authored by: Ken Green

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932


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The most significant term in this section of the Handbook and, arguably, the text as a whole is socialization. Socialization refers to the processes through which people acquire or are taught (either directly or indirectly, explicity or implicitly, intentionally or unintentionally) and internalize the values, beliefs, expectations, knowledge, skills, habits and practices prevalent in their groups and societies. Put simply, socialization involves the internalization of social norms (shared expectations). It amounts, in other words, to people learning the cultures or ways of life of the groups and wider networks into which they are born and live. Among other things, socialization becomes manifest in what young people take for granted or think of as natural.

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