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Origins of Socialization

Roderic Ai Camp

in Mexico's Mandarins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233430.003.0005
Origins of Socialization

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This chapter examines the significance of family and career, as well as several experiential social processes that have an impact on socialization (e.g., residence and major societal events). Mexican power elites, not surprisingly, have identified family as their most important source of values. The socializing influence of elite family backgrounds originates from the fact that privileged backgrounds occur disproportionately among power elites as compared to the general population. An institutional environment not only influences the values and attitudes of those who have sought initially to make an institution their career, but it can prompt a person established in one career to shift laterally to another. Major social, economic, and political events influence power elite values. The revolution's impact is largely indirect, having formed the most important generation of mentors to Mexico's power elite, rather than the power elite itself.

Keywords: socialization; elite family; career; Mexican power elites; revolution; Mexico

Chapter.  10339 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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