What use is socialization

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Socialization function of leisure

"Socialization means the adaptation of an individual to the society in which he lives ... the child learns to adopt cultural standards, values ​​and rules on which the social order is based." (Konecny, Leitner, 2000: p. 266)

Humans develop on the basis of their interaction with a specific material and social environment, because personality development depends, in addition to inherited traits, to a large extent also on environmental influences. The individual is therefore dependent on everyday learning, upbringing and the social community in order to be able to develop. (see Konecny, Leitner, 2000: p.266)

Leisure time is the time freely available to people, separated from work or school obligations, and serves for relaxation and personal development. “In his free time, people often devote themselves to their family, friends and things that give them pleasure, hobbies such as playing, reading, doing sports, shopping, music, art or science. He uses the time for what is personally important to him. "(De.wikipedia.org)

In addition to the primary socialization instance, namely the family, leisure activities, the people you meet there and the associated observable behavior can be classified in the secondary instance. (see Konecny, Leitner, 2000: p.266ff)


First socialization instance:

The family

Second socialization instance

-          School, work

-          Leisure time: hobbies

Source: see Konecny, Leitner, 2000: p.266

Leisure time and how it is used is therefore of great importance to people and exerts a great influence. Depending on how you use them, whether actively participating, communicatively and interactively (with friends, during sports, ...) or passively (in front of the television, computer, ...), people are conveyed corresponding values ​​that influence the Take personal development and individual attitudes.

This “creative own time” is increasingly being used as identity formation and self-realization, as the most varied of lifestyles and leisure styles are formed from the individual attitudes and motivations of the people on which the various instances of socialization are based. (see www.aehesis.de)


Hurrelmann Klaus (2002): Introduction to Socialization Theory

Konecny ​​Edith, Maria- Luise Leitner (2000): Psychology

Schenk- Danzinger Lotte (1999): Development of socialization education


Institute for European Sport Development and Leisure Research → www.aehesis.de

Institute for Leisure and Tourism Research → www.freizeitforschung.at

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