American norms vs. Japan norms

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American Norms vs. Japan Norms

In sociology, when we discuss culture (which is the totality of learned socially transmitted customs, knowledge, material objects, and behavior (Schaefer 2010:50)), we discuss how culture includes such things as; language, beliefs, values and norms. When sociologists studied culture they mainly looked upon the norms of society. Norms are "the agreed-upon expectations and rules by which a culture guides the members in any given situation"(Cultural Norms). There are four types of norms; folkways, mores, taboo, and laws. Although it is important to know that norms vary across the world and two examples of how norms differ around the world would be in America and Japan.

The first type of norm that will be …show more content…

The closing of eyes in Japan is consider normal and not perceive as inappropriate. While in America when someone closes their eyes during something is consider rude in our society since it indicates boredom or disinterest.

The last type of norm that will be discussed are laws. Laws are "the formal body of rules enacted by the state and backed by the power of the

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