Sociology – Breaking Social Norms

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Norms are the guidelines or rules which model the acceptable behaviors in a society. If case of violating these societal rules, consequences have to be faced. For example, in America.

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Sociology Breaking Social NormsNorms, Folkways and MoresNorms are the guidelines or rules which model the acceptable behaviors in a society. If case of violating these societal rules, consequences have to be faced. For example, in America, it is a Norm to have eye contact with the person you are speaking and it is considered a very rude behavior if you are looking at other places when talking to someone. Norms of a society provide the basis layout and design for an individual to act in various situations. Usually, in America, if a person is invited for dinner, it means he should wear a suit. Norms of a society are defined on the basis of the culture, environment and technological development and also dynamically expand from one culture to another. People in America have very different behaviors and daily life dealings as compared to those living in Saudi Arabia or Egypt. In Asia, during the meetings, keeping your head down and no eye contact is considered to be a notion of respect whereas in America, people take it as offense and take it as rude behavior. Cultural diversities and environmental effects are dynamic attributes in a society [Ashley Crossman (2015)]. Societal Norms are mainly divided into four types; Folkways, Mores, Taboos and laws. Folkways are informal societal norms which have very small moral significance. One person adapts to a procedure or action and other people tend to follow this custom and it becomes a norm because of its iterations and

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