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Social Norms Essay

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Ranjeet Chaudhari SOCIOLOGY-100-03 NORM BREAK From a sociological perspective, social norms are informal understandings that govern the behavior of members of a society. Norms are social expectations, establishes rules of behavior or standards of conduct. Norms explain why people do what they do in given situations. Norms are regarded as collective representations of acceptable group conduct as well as individual perceptions of group conduct. They can be viewed as cultural products, customs, traditions which represent individuals’ basic knowledge of what others do and think that they should do. Norms are usually done for research purpose to see that people think and how they react.…show more content…
The Social norm here is that people want to eat their food in peace and they don’t want any distractions or problems while eating food because that food is important to them and they bought is with their own money. First of all, before doing the norm break I want to choose what type of people should I do norm break. First, I want to try my norm break with White Elder people because I work at the mall and I have had many elder customers who were all nice to me. And I want to try my first experiment with White elder people and continue few more experiments with other people of different ages and race. I go to the place where people sit and eat their food, I don’t want to sit on the same table as them which might trigger them and make them mad. I will just sit on the near by table by facing them while they eat their food and stare at them. There could be different types of possible reactions from different types of people which may vary in their level of understanding, may influence by their experience if they have been part of social norm breaks before. People could be mad at me, tell me to leave, change their sit, or maybe they could offer some of their food to me, or people might get confused. People might think why I am staring at them, they might see me as a weirdo, might call police if they feel unsafe I hope that doesn’t happen. If someone would look at me while I am eating my food I might
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