9-27-07 - Norms Are rules of conduct that guide peoples...

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Norms Are rules of conduct that guide people’s behavior in specific situations. Specific expectations about how people behave in a given situation. Behavioral guidelines. Within Norms are: 1. Mores: Which are norms concerning very serious matters. Mores are norms that members of society or culture consider vitally important and necessary. Mores frequently deal with the welfare and continue existence of the society. Ex: “Do Not Kill” or “Steal” Mores usually provide the basis for laws. 2. Taboos: Are norms about things that are so serious as to be almost beyond comprehension Ex: Eating another human being or having sex with animals. Guidelines for behavior can be transmitted only if people share a common symbol system. We create a reality of Meaning. Humans transform the elements of the world into symbols; symbols are: anything that carries a particular meaning recognized by people who share culture. A symbol is something that stands for or represents something else and is given meaning by those who use it; agreed upon meanings. Ethnocentrism Given that a particular culture is the basis for everyone’s reality; it is no wonder that people exhibit ethnocentrism; Ethnocentrism is: the practice of judging another culture by the standards of one’s own culture. It’s the tendency to evaluate their own culture as superior to others. The belief that our culture (U.S.) is superior to all other cultures. “Some people in our society are disgusted that people in other cultures eat dog
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2010 for the course SOC 001 taught by Professor Minnich during the Fall '07 term at GWU.

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9-27-07 - Norms Are rules of conduct that guide peoples...

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