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Emily Worthington

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"Everyone's a winner" The importance of teaching the value of equality in the process of socialisation (the upbringing of children)

Egalitarianism is defined as the “belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic affairs”.

I am a HSC student doing Society and Culture and as part of the course completing a Personal Interest Project, it would be really helpful if i could have as much feedback as possible with comments on the issue, ideas, direction, and opinions.

My investigation explores the socialisation of egalitarianism in Australia, and the social idea of the need to teach children the value of equality.
My hypothesis is that over time as Australian society has adjusted to the social change process of modernisation; societal values and norms have changed along with it. This change has had a direct impact on elements of socialisation, in particular within the family. I believe the family unit is the driving the promotion of the value of ‘egalitarianism’ within Australian society at present.
Over time I feel there has been less egalitarianism between genders and I would like to explore the concept of equality through gender. The changing attitudes and perspectives of equality surrounding gender have undergone many social changes in the last 60 years. I hope to determine the socialisation of different genders through the idea that each should have equal opportunity.
I believe that the synthesis of primary and secondary research methodologies, will produce data that will show that over time, the value of egalitarianism has become greatly accepted as a positive norm in the macro world. From this, I believe that elements of the macro world such as media and social movements have caused the encouragement of egalitarianism in the micro world. Peers, family, media, education and gender have shifted greatly over time to compliment the functioning of Australian society and thereby, have incorporated ‘egalitarianism’ in the socialisation process as a well-accepted norm.

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    Jan 23 2013: Sorry, Emily, I'm kind of lazy, and your question seems too dense to read easily.

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