SOCIALIZATION THROUGH RULES AND STATUS
Each person most learn to rules child, student, probably husband or wife, parent employee, organization member or officer,
member, of a particular race and social class, citizen, resident of a community, and many others. Role learning involves at least two aspects: (1) We must learn to perform the duties and claim the privileges of the role, and (2) we must acquire the 'attitudes, feelings, and. expectations appropriate to the role. Of these two aspects the latter is the more important. Almost anyone (male or female). can fairly quickly learn how to feed, bathe, and diaper a baby what one does not learn quickly are the attitudes and sentiments which make baby care a satisfying and rewarding activity'. One cannot fill a role happily and successfully without having been socialized to accept that role-as worthwhile, satisfying, and appropriate.
Role training for- most of the important roles begins early in childhood as one starts to form attitudes toward those roles and statuses. Most of the role training is.painless and unconscious. Children "play house," play with the toys given them, watch and. help mother and father, hear and read stories, listen to family talk, and share in family life. From all' this experience they gradually form .a picture of how men and women act and of how husbands and wives treat each other.