Norms And Expectations In Society

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Norms are the expectations of what is supposedly “right” or “correct” in society. Examples of norms include facing the door in an elevator, driving on the right side of the road in the United States, and writing on a piece of paper starting on the top, left side. These are norms because they are what most people in a group, regardless its size, believe is right. The norms it holds are important because it is what keeps order within the group and what differentiates from the “in-group” and the “out-group.”
For our assignment, we were required to perform two social deviations that are neither mores nor legal norms. Mores are the more important norms that have severe punishments. An example of a more would be the abuse of drugs. It is not... View More »

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The college aged students who gave me positive reinforcement to continue doing my handstand were showing me direct, positive, informal social control because they were trying to get me to continue doing an act, they were doing it in a positive manner, and it was in an informal way. The older adults who were smirking at me, on the other hand, were showing me indirect, negative, informal social control because they kept their thoughts to themselves, which is something they were most likely taught at a young age (to not stare at someone different). They were wanting to get rid of this negative act because it was so different (and not part of the norm) and it was also shown to me and taught to them in an informal way. There were also some college students who completely ignored me, but this could be because they are assuming that I am doing this for either a psychology or sociology assignment.

Discussions: Handstand Walking
I expected people to completely ignore me while I walked around the store and for people to avoid me so that they do not hit the girl who is upside down. I expected this because most people do not like acknowledging weird things that are happening around them because they do not want to get involved or they were just taught not to stare, and it just became so ingrained into their lifestyle that they just do so. What I also expected was for just a few other people to make a comment because of the kinds of people that are at this Wal-Mart (i.e. college students, children, etc.). Students (high school and college) and children tend to be much more vocal ...

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