Socialization in Filipino and American Cultures Comparison Essay

Compares the socialization process within the Filipino and American cultures with particular focus on gender.
# 150463 | 1,255 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper explains that culture is transmitted through the socialization process, which includes gender beliefs and the resulting self concept of the individual. Next, the author describes the more structured Filipino culture in which the extended family is the center of the social structure and the gender roles are well defined. On the other hand, the paper contends that the American culture is based on freedom and, although there is still some gender-bias, men and women mostly are set to the same standards.

Table of Contents:
Cultures and Gender
Filipino Culture
American Culture

From the Paper:

"In the Filipino culture there is a large amount of socialization. A family consists of several members for the entire time. There are certain requirements for each gender. The male is a provider and does not parent the children until he or she becomes a teenager. The mother and siblings have an obligation to make sure each person in the family is taken care of. Filipino people have traditions and customs that are passed down each generation. To a Filipino marriage is sacred and the spouse must not only get along with each other but the in-laws as well. From an early age a child is taught the proper way to treat a spouse in the future. "Before marriage, the boy's parents seek the approval of the girl's parents for marriage with their daughter; this is called pamanhikan." Filipino's tend to stick together and socialize among them. Women must act in a certain manner just as men should but in different approaches. There are certain beliefs a Filipino has. Filipino values have beliefs and practices relating to child nurturing, medical care, disability, and death."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amar, A. (2011). America's Lived Constitution. Yale Law Journal, 120(7), 1734-1783.
  • Berk, L. E. (2010). Development through the lifespan. In J. Mosher (Ed.), (pp. 174-175). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Chatham, M. L. (2004). Child Development Across Cultures. In (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science (pp. 244-245). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. Retrieved from
  • Freedom. (2009). In American Family Traditions. Retrieved January 22, 2012, from
  • Herrington, D. (2011). In Living in the Philippines, Retrieved January 22, 2012, from

Cite this Comparison Essay:

APA Format

Socialization in Filipino and American Cultures (2012, February 19) Retrieved March 29, 2020, from

MLA Format

"Socialization in Filipino and American Cultures" 19 February 2012. Web. 29 March. 2020. <>