Cultural Norms

Cultural Norms - Cultural Norms

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Cultural Norms Norms  are the agreed-upon expectations and rules by which a culture guides the  behavior of its members in any given situation. Of course, norms vary widely across  cultural groups. Americans, for instance, maintain fairly direct eye contact when  conversing with others. Asians, on the other hand, may avert their eyes as a sign of  politeness and respect.  Sociologists speak of at least four types of norms:  folkways, mores, taboos , and  laws Folkways , sometimes known as “conventions” or “customs,” are standards of behavior  that are socially approved but not morally significant. For example, belching loudly after  eating dinner at someone else's home breaks an American folkway.  Mores  are norms of  morality. Breaking mores, like attending church in the nude, will offend most people of a  culture. Certain behaviors are considered 
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