Unformatted text preview: Positive or Negative? A sanction is not always clearly positive or negative. A child who throws a temper tantrum may find he has everyone’s attention, but while his parents might be telling him to stop, the attention he receives for his behavior is actually a positive sanction. It increases the likelihood that he’ll do it again. Attention can be a powerful positive sanction, while lack of attention can be a strong negative sanction. Norms and Consequences Norm Example Consequences for violation Folkway Wearing a suit to an interview Raised eyebrow More Only married couples should live together Conflicts with family members, disapproval Law Laws against public nudity Imprisonment, monetary fine Taboo Eating human flesh Visible signs of disgust, expulsion from society...
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, Society and Culture, positive sanction