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Noah Lombardo “On the Surface of Closed Doors” Sociology 205-505 17 September 2008
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Noah Lombardo A. Plemons SOCI 205 – 505 17 September 2008 On the Surface of Closed Doors One can tell a lot about a person based upon how he or she decorates his or her personal space. College students decorate their dormitories, apartments, or houses based upon what they find valuable. For example, a student may mount a poster of his or her favorite musical artist on a wall because the student places great value upon that music, and some people place bumper stickers of their favored presidential candidate on their cars. Similarly, office workers, doctors, lawyers, or even faculty members of a school express their values and beliefs in ways such as decorating the doors to their offices. Whether the décor is something as amusing as a comic strip or serious as an anti-war flyer, it expresses something that faculty member believes or holds dear. Living in the United States, we are continually exposed to societal norms, values, symbols, and beliefs common to American culture. One of these important values is the constitutional right to freedom of speech. Because of this valuable right, people have become more vocal and expressive about their views, from public protests to political comic strips taped to an office door. The right to freedom of speech has further allowed the free expression of ideas, thus allowing us gain a better understanding of important values, norms, and beliefs of those around us. Before analyzing these concepts, one must be able to distinguish among values, norms, symbols, beliefs, and cultures. Each sociological principle plays a key role in an
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individual’s perception of the world. Values are a set of ideas a society seeks to achieve the common good. A prime example of a value we hold dear in the United States is freedom. Without freedom, the United States would not prosper as it does today. Freedom has essentially become a norm in our culture, as it is commonplace in everyday life. Norms are simple expectations and guidelines of a society. Norms typically go unnoticed until they are broken. A prime example of a norm at Texas A&M University is wearing maroon and white clothing to football games. If someone were to wear an orange
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2008 for the course SOCI 205 taught by Professor Evans during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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