Incorporating Diversity at the Community Level – Example 2: Mainstreaming Immigrant Children Through Coordinated Parallel Socialization Workshops

  • Mary SengstockEmail author
Part of the Clinical Sociology: Research and Practice book series (CSRP)

Social environment plays an important role in a child’s definition of self. Cooley (1922) used the analogy of a “looking glass” to describe the process by which a child developed his/her idea of “who s/he is.” Hence Cooley saw young children as looking at themselves through the “mirror” of the social groups around them. In a similar vein, Mead (1934) went so far as to say that the views of the society actually become part of the individual’s sense of self, a component of the self-concept which he called, the “ME.”


Immigrant Family Immigrant Child Host Society Immigrant Student Immigrant Parent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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