feral children

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A feral child is a human child who has lived isolated from human contact from a very young age, and has no (or little) experience of human care, loving or social behavior, and crucially, of human language. Feral children lack the basic social skills that is learnt through the process of socialization .These children have been isolated from human beings and have not been socialized therefore they lack basic human skills like talking, walking properly, eating etc. The existence of feral children helps us to understand the importance of socialization. Identity is how we see ourselves and how others see us .Feral children have not form proper identities as they do not have proper human exposure

Socialization is the lifelong process in which people learn the culture of the society in which they live .It plays a crucial role in forming our identities. Feral children play an important role in understanding human behavior and it leads us to the nature/nurture controversy. The nature vs. nurture debate is a longstanding controversy about the effects of biology and social systems on individuals and behavior. The “nature” side of the debate argues that people are shaped primarily by genetics and biology. The “nurture” side argues that our participation in social life is the most important determinant of who we are and how we behave. For example, there is disagreement over whether men and women differ because of biological factors such as hormones or whether the differences are due primarily to socialization and other social forces. In the case of feral children the nature/nurture controversy comes in as it makes us ask ourselves what exactly is it that makes us human and causes us to display characteristic human behavior. It is commonly agreed amongst sociologists that we pick up almost all of our skills and behaviors by watching, imitating and listening to others, and that people act as they do because they learned to be the people that they are. This...
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