The Violation of Norms

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Introduction Norms largely remain unnoticed although they underlie almost everything we do. By violating these norms, we can easily prove that indeed they do exist. In this text, I violate three norms in an attempt to highlight the power of a situation as well as the experiences of those who happen to be unlike us in some way. Discussion Norms according to Hechter (2005) are the "rules, about which there is at least some degree of consensus, that are enforced through social sanctions." The behaviors I chose in this case had to do with speaking to family members in a louder that usual volume and occupation of a position usually reserved for my younger brother at the dining table. Further, while at a friend's place, I insisted that we watch a particular cartoon program her four year-old son was watching. However, it is important to note that while some factors conspired to make the task in this case difficult, others made it relatively easy for me to undertake the entire exercise. For instance, I had this fear which emanated from the uncertainty I possessed regarding how others would react to my strange behavior. Further, my anxiety was brought about by the unconscious realization that I was about to deviate from a commonly accepted behavior. However, at the same time, I was exited about having to try out something new. It is important to note that the norms I violated in this case can largely be categorized as folkways. According to Stolley (2005), "folkways are

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