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soc. norm paper - Christina Nassir SOC. 200 Norm Paper...

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Christina Nassir SOC. 200 Norm Paper September 27, 2006 A norm can be defined as a rule which is socially defined and enforced. These norms tend to make our lives somewhat predictable, and they shape how we interact with each other on a day to day basis. Many norms are not written down anywhere, just specified verbally. They spell out how we should act in various situations. Breaking a norm can be taken as a sign of lack of respect. Many social norms are learned or passed on, typically from parents to children. As children, our parents always taught us that starring at people is improper or rude, and it shouldn’t be done. That if we starred long enough our eyes would fall out or some other ridiculous idea. I decided to use starring at people as my social norm. People see starring as a sign that something is wrong with them, mostly for looks but it can be taken other ways too. Depending on the person, they can also take it as a sign of flattery, but that’s a different direction entirely. I myself for a day starred at random people in
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