Learning Objectives

4.1 Describe how sociologists theorize the birth of the social self.

4.2 Explain the significance of agents of socialization in the development of the self.

4.3 Discuss socialization across the life course.

4.4 Define the concept of total institutions.

4.5 Theorize social interaction through the sociological perspectives of dramaturgy, ethnomethodology, and conversational analysis.