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Still another aspect of identity that contributes to variation and individuality is its temporal quality. Identity involves past, present, and future (Gordon, 1968). Thus two people may hold the same social position at the same point in time but have quite different identities because of different pasts and the possibilities of different futures. Consider, for example, two 24year-old male construction workers; one with a college degree in English literature with aspirations of becoming a novelist, the other a high school dropout with aspirations of maintaining a steady job to support his family.

1 Instead we shall describe our approach to solving the conceptual problems discussed earlier. The intent here is not to demonstrate the superiority of our perspective over others but only to indicate its appropriateness and adequacy for building a theory of socialization for change and for testing such a theory. Our approach is an amalgam of three perspectives: symbolic interaction, social exchange, and social learning theory. We propose that the key to understanding the socialization process lies in understanding the processes of identification and identity formation.

23-24). Based on criticisms such as these, Herbert Simon (1976, p. xxix) has suggested that decision makers will generally not 2. Socialization, Problem Solving, and Social Structure 35 seek to maximize their outcome but rather will look for courses of action that will meet a minimal set of requirements. These requirements establish a "good enough" or "satisficing" criteria for outcomes. He reports that most business decisions follow this satisficing format. The problem, of course, is how to determine what constitutes a "good enough" outcome?

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