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Unformatted text preview: Carl Miller Soc 108 2-5-08 Breaking the Norm. Norms are “established rules of behavior or standards of conduct” as stated by Dianna Kendall in the book Sociology in our times . Norms tell us what actions are acceptable and what actions are unacceptable in our social context. Breaking the norms of a society usually carries strange consequences varying from disgust, uneasiness or taking offence. An example of breaking a social norm could be in a fancy restaurant a person coming in and eating fine foods with their fingers and chewing with their mouths open, this could offend other people in the same restaurant or cause them to feel disgust. But in a different social context the same actions are completely acceptable, in a fast food environment, it would be perfectly acceptable to eat food with your hands and probably unnoticeable if a person was chewing with their mouth open. For our assignment, we were to go out into society and break a social norm and record the reactions of people...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOC 108 taught by Professor Shumaker during the Spring '08 term at SIU Carbondale.
- Spring '08