This refers to the process whereby an individual or a group, are brought in contact with a new culture, which requires them to leave behind their old identity and take up a new one. During this process, they are required to learn the norms, values, and ways of life into the new environment or the setting which they are brought in contact with. This requires, as the first step, for the individual to give up or forget their previous values and at times even their identity and adopt the one specific to their environment. This process is often deliberate and intense. Re-socialization is a kind of learning which involves the learning of new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are completely different from one’s previous way of life. For example- re- socialization occurs when joins the army or is put in prison.

Example of Re-Socialisation:

Resocialization may be mild and take place in simpler ways, such as when an Indian may move to a country like Japan and interact with their culture and find that they are disciplined and their rules of eating, working, and doing other such things are more stringent than those of India. This will require the immigrant to then unlearn the behavior and habits of the previous country, in this case, India, and adopt that of Japan.

Reverse Socialisation:

In reverse-socialization, the younger generation transfers knowledge to the older generation. This occurs mostly in industrial societies where the pace of technological change is very rapid. Ex-A child teaching a grandparent to use a computer.

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