Norms and Values - deeply held and shared values. Norms are...

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Norms and Values Norms are rules that govern our lives and values are the goal of our lives. Norms are the expectations, or rules of behavior, that develop out of values. Norms are guidelines for our behavior. Norms may be informal or they may be formalized into laws. Values are principles, standards, or qualities considered worthwhile or desirable. Norms are rather specific while values are abstract and general in nature. A. Norms Norms are the shared rules or guidelines that govern our actions in society. Norms can be laws, but they also can be procedures, morals, customs or expectations. Many times, One's position within the social structure determines the definitions of norms. Often norms are outward expressions of a society's
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Unformatted text preview: deeply held and shared values. Norms are important for defining boundaries. The text uses gangs as an example again. In order to belong to a gang, a potential gang member has to learn the "norms" of the gang. Norms define us and them. Folkways Folkways are norms that ordinary people follow in everyday life. Conformity is expected, but not absolutely insisted on. Folkways are not strictly enforced. Example: "No shirt, no shoes, no service" 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...
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