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The SAGE Handbook of Child Development explores the multicultural development of children through the varied and complex interplay of traditional agents of socialization as well as contemporary media influences, examining how socialization practices and media content construct and teach us about diverse cultures. Editors Joy K. Asamen, Mesha L. Ellis, and Gordon L. Berry, along with chapter authors from a wide variety of disciplines, highlight how to analyze, compare, and contrast alternative perspectives of children of different cultures, domestically and globally, with the major principles and theories of child development in cognitive, socioemotional, and/or social/contextual domains.

Institutions of Socialization and the Development of a Child's Multicultural Worldview
Institutions of socialization and the development of a child's multicultural worldview

There are a core set of concepts and developmental constructs that provide a basis for researching, understanding, and indeed dissecting the sociocultural factors related to what social scientists refer to as socialization. Part II of this Handbook examines, from several dimensions, these institutions that contribute to the socialization of children and youth. These institutions, or agents of socialization, are represented, in part, by the home and family; community, sociopolitical system, and religious organizations; educational institutions; and even the peer group. Each institution has an intervening economic, social, and emotional way of affecting the behavior and belief systems of developing children and their multicultural worldview.

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