Video and Multimedia

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Video Links

  • ‘Tiger Cub’ Discusses Book Uproar with ‘Tiger Mom’ 
    JuJu Chang and Amy Chua discuss Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Response to Chua’s book has been divided with many praising her “Chinese” parenting and others charging that this form of mothering is actually abusive. Chua says that both her book and her approach to childrearing have been misunderstood.
  • Training With Special Forces 
    Nightline follows Green Berets on a training mission.
  • The Soldier’s Heart 
    How are the men and women who serve in the armed forces during wartime changed by their experiences? What is being done to address the social and psychological problems faced by soldiers? This program examines the costs incurred by veterans and considers what is being done (and what should be done) to support them.
  • Inside the Teenage Brain 
    Neuroscientists are learning more about the ways in which our brains work and finding provocative explanations for why adolescents think and act in the ways they do. Many of their findings draw attention to the importance of strong family bonds and social relationships for adolescents’ individual development.
  • Things I Don’t Understand About Girls by Jenna Marbles 
    Jenna Marbles has developed a large online following, largely as result of her frank discussions about gender and sex. In this video Jenna discusses the seemingly peculiar things that women do, such as “goo hoarding”—acquiring a keeping numerous beauty products, like shampoo and lip gloss. Warning: contains language that some may find offensive.

Audio Links

  • Biracial Children Learn to Self-identify 
    Authors Orenstein, Fulbeck, and Durrow talk with Michel Martin of Tell Me More about what it means to be biracial.
  • Saving Our Daughters from an Army of Princesses 
    Author Peggy Orenstein discusses her book Cinderella Ate My Daughter, a book about raising her daughter, Daisy. Orenstein has written a number of books and articles about how our gendered socialization practices shortchange girls and women.
  • This American Life 109: Notes on Camp 
    This program presents stories of summer camp. Camp kids explain how their non-camp friends and their non-camp loved ones have no idea why camp is the most important thing in their lives. 
  • This American Life 137: The Book that Changed Your Life 
    Socialization is defined as the process through which one learns how to act according to the rules and expectations of a particular culture.  Various people, social institutions, and material culture, such as books, influence the socialization process for each individual.  This program is based on the stories of people who believe a book changed their life. It's a romantic notion, and one reason we believe it is because we want to believe our lives can be changed by something so simple as an idea — or a set of ideas contained in a book.

Web Resources

Professional Resources 

  • Social Psychology 
    The study of socialization is often engaged in by social psychologists, such as those belonging to the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Social Psychology. 
    • Sociology of Children and Youth 
      Although they are interested in the health and well-being of children generally, some member of the ASA Section on the Sociology of Children and Youth also study the process of socialization.
    • The Society for Personality 
      The Society for Personality and Social Psychology, with over 3,000 members, is the largest organization of social and personality psychologists in the world [self-description].
    • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 
      ​These scholars often publish their research in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Data Resources

  • NORC 
    The General Social Survey (GSS): The GSS is a regular, ongoing omnibus personal interview survey of U.S. households conducted by the National Opinion Research Center. The first survey took place in 1972, and since then more than 40,000 respondents have answered more than 3,500 different questions. From Americans’ racial attitudes to the number of guns owned by women to musical preferences over a lifetime, the General Social Survey measures the trends in American attitudes, experiences, practices, and concerns [self-characterization]. 

Other Resources

  • The Social Psychology Network 
    The Social Psychology Network is the largest social psychology database on the Internet [self-description].
  • Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace 
    Michael Kearl’s Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace: Social Psychology
  • Human Genome Project 
    The question of the relative importance of “nature” and “nurture” in individual development is an enduring one. The effort sponsored by the United States government to map the entire human genome sequence in the Human Genome Project raises both scientific and ethical issues about human personhood.
  • The Child Development Institute 
    The Child Development Institute was founded by Robert Myers, Ph.D. Dr. Myers is a Clinical Child Psychologist with 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families and parents.
  • Intersex Society of North America 
    How many sexes are there and why? The reality of anatomical hermaphrodites or “intersex” persons force us to confront this question.
  • Much stereotypical gender role socialization takes place through the medium of popular culture. Consider how boys and girls are differentially socialized at the following Web sites: 
    The toymaker Mattel
    The clothing company Baby Gap
    Walt Disney movies and videos
  • Implicit Association Test 
    “It is well known that people don't always 'speak their minds', and it is suspected that people don't always 'know their minds'. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology. This web site presents a method that demonstrates the conscious-unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods. This new method is called the Implicit Association Test, or IAT for short.”