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Mores Mores are norms are taken more seriously and are strictly enforced. Henslin (1999:44) considers them as "essential to our core values ." Henslin suggests that we insist on conformity. Example: Flag burning, murder Taboo Taboos approximate super mores. Henslin (1999:44) argues that taboos are so "strongly ingrained that even the thought of its violation is greeted with revulsion." Examples are Incest and cannibalism. Laws A law is a norm that is formally enacted by a political authority. The power of the state backs laws . Social Control Society always establishes a way of ensuring that people "behave in expected and approved ways" Sanctions Henslin (1999:43) contends that sanctions are positive or negative reactions to the ways in which people follow norms . They can be either positive or negative. Rewards accrue
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Unformatted text preview: for conformity and punishment for nonconformity . They can be material, such as a fine for not adhering to a norm, but they can also be gestures, "such as frowns, stares, harsh words, or raised fists" (Henslin, 1999:43). Values • Each culture has a general consensus of what is worth working for (ends). • Values refer to that which we consider important or unimportant, desirable or undesirable, good or bad, and beautiful or ugly . • They guide most of our actions. • Values are long range commitments to ends that people share culturally. • Values are abstract and general . • Essentially, values describe our "moral" goals in society. • Values indicate the standards by which people define their ideas about what is desirable in life....
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