Risk of Violating Social Norms

1041 Words Jan 27th, 2018 4 Pages
In the movie, Witness, directed by Peter Weir, James McFee and Paul Schaeffer remove detective John Book from their group because he is violating their actions, which is killing a man in the public restroom. In the article “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do: Separation of Society and State” by Peter McWilliams, individuals in the society do not care much about those who are not following the laws that government has made. However, if group members do not follow the society’s rules, societies do not need those people, judge them differently, and punish them on their own ways, based on the levels of violation. In the article “Freedom of Expression,” Emily West describes the penalty of violating expressive boundaries of the community as serious as social ostracism. Furthermore, friends can be considered as strangers if they break their rules and act differently. Based on the movie Witness, the articles “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do: Separation of Society and State” and “Freedom of Expression,” and my personal observation, there are three risks in committing actions that break social norms: social exclusion, losing respect and being considered as stranger
In some societies, the punishment for those people who are violating social rules is to exclude those people from the societies. Individuals in the community do not want those…

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