Glendale Community College Break Social Norm of Dress Attire Reflective Project

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Please ensure that your paper is around 3 pages, double-spaced, with a heading (your name, course info, etc.) and a creative title. Remember that you must utilize ideas and concepts from the textbook, class lectures and discussions to illustrate your point, so the prompt that you choose to write about must reference any of those corresponding chapters, lectures, discussions, and/or activities. Lastly, factors such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar certainly count towards your reflection paper grade, so be sure to edit your paper beforehand.

1) Break a social norm of dress/attire (be sure not to wear anything illegal, dangerous, or extremely disruptive). Here are some ideas: try dressing in female clothes if you are a male; wear formal attire to a casual get together; wear clothing that is too warm/too cold for the weather; wear stripes with polka dots, wear an unfashionable or outdated outfit, etc. Then, interact with others and observe their responses while wearing your norm-breaking outfit. If you would like to break a different type of norm (not one of dress or attire)

***Note: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, I ask that you avoid breaking social norms outdoors. If you decide to pursue this option for RP #1, please only break social norms with those who you live with, and I also ask that you be safe and not break social norms related to safety measures of COVID-19. Please message me via Canvas Inbox if you have any questions about this!***

In your paper, address the following:

  • State the Problem: define the norm you will violate, discuss briefly how this norm acts as a mechanism of social control, and describe what you will do to violate the norm.
  • Hypothesis: describe the range of possible reactions others will have to the violation of this norm, what do you predict the major reaction will be?
  • Describe the Setting: physical-where is the norm violation taking place? Social-how many and what types of people are observing?
  • Describe the Incident: tell what happened.
  • Summary and Interpretation: how did you feel as you were violating the norm? Why did you feel the way you did? Did people react the way you expected? Did you encounter any difficulties in carrying out your assignment? What, if anything, did you learn about how norms exercise social control?

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The norm I would like to break is to wear old-fashioned attire inside out. Our clothing is
a determining factor in our beliefs and the trends within society. In essence, clothing is one of the
most debatable issues across the globe. As such, the act of wearing clothes the proper way is
social control because of norms, culture, laws, rules, and structures limit our behaviors. If people
had been allowed to do what they feel like doing, society would be out of order. Therefore, I will
put on an old-fashioned official attire, and on my head, I put on my undergarment. I would then
move around the house and then go for a walk within my neighborhood.
I expect a varied reaction from different people when they see ho...

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