Social Norms Essay

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Fun with Social Norms: Violation of the Finest Good behavior is a key aspect of human character and social life. Since the beginning of history, the life of man has been characterized by his social interactions and the ability to cope in different circumstances. As a result, every society focuses at instilling acceptable behaviors among its members through varying approaches including but not limited to religious teachings, establishment of rules and regulations and adoption of code of ethics. The understanding of good behavior is therefore of paramount importance in upholding social values for harmonic day-to-day social-coexistence. What are social norms? These are societal expectations and standards which determine human interactions and behavior. They coordinate daily relationships among society members without which friction and animosity grows. Norms define the manner in which particular things have to be done and are usually passed on from generation to generation. It is therefore very possible to find varying social norms as we move from one social setting to another. Of significance is the fact that basic social norms cut across cultures of the world. Those who do not adhere to social norms are always punished or considered social misfits. Norms are a very important part of society. In the book, norms are defined as “the specific expectations about how people behave in a given situation”. Without norms, a society has no foundation on which to stand. It would have no, as the name promotes, normalcy. In this project, we were asked to violate a social norm in a public setting and make observations on what we saw and how our audience responded. The social norm that I chose to violate was simply that of common courtesy. I decided to go to the store and walked around, bumping into random people and saying absolutely nothing in apology. I simply bump
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